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New mummies found near Luxor, Egypt






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Archaeologists have found a tomb with three mummies inside it. The tomb is over 3,500 years old. The mummies are a woman and her two sons, who were in their 20s and 30s. Archaeologists say the tomb belonged to a royal goldsmith called Amenemhat. The woman may be his wife. There was a statue of the goldsmith, sitting beside the woman. The tomb is near the city of Luxor on the River Nile. Luxor is 700km south of Egypt's capital Cairo. Archaeologists say the woman was about 50 when she died. The woman died because of a bone disease. All three bodies were in very good condition.

The site that contains Amenemhat's tomb had a courtyard and two burial shafts. A team of Egyptian archaeologists found it. The team spent six years digging on the site. Archaeologist Dr Yousef Khalifa told Arab News: "Luxor alone has one-third of the world's ancient monuments and visitors will enjoy exploring the newly found ancient Egyptian relics." Dr Khalifa thinks the new mummies will help Egypt's tourism industry. He said many tourists will come to see them. Egypt's head of antiquities, Dr Khaled al-Anani, hopes archaeologists will find more mummies in the area.

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