A cemetery with over one million mummies has been found in Egypt by a team of archaeologists, who discovered the burial ground.
While the site remains to be mystery, Kerry Muhlestein from Brigham Young University, said in a paper which he presented at the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities Scholars Colloquium, in Toronto, “We are fairly certain we have over a million burials within this cemetery. It’s large, and it’s dense.”
The team of archaeologists from Brigham Young University in the US found the mummified remains in an area that they have named Fag el-Gamous, (Way of the Water Buffalo) after a road close to the site.
Archaeologists have been excavating the Fag el-Gamous site and pyramid close by, for almost 30 years, Livescience reported. Most of the mummies have been dated to a time when Roman Empire ruled Egypt, from the 1st to the 7th century AD.
This cemetery was not a burial ground for kings or royalty. The people buried here were often laid to rest without personal memorabilia in their graves and without coffins, the researchers said.
The bodies were mummified by the naturally dry environment, with internal organs rarely removed, unlike traditional “mummies”.
“I don’t think you would term what happens to these burials as true mummification,” Muhlestein said. “If we want to use the term loosely, then they were mummified.”
Despite the low status of the dead, the researchers found some remarkably beautiful items, including linen, glass and even colorful booties designed for a child. They have also found mummies of infant children, of blonde and red haired humans and one of a seven-foot tall man who was bent to half before burial.
The team has excavated more than 1,000 of mummies over the past 30 years. Meanwhile, the question where exactly these million mummies came from is an ongoing mystery, which has yet to be solves by the researchers.