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About 50 Mummies Discovered in Egypt's Valley of the Kings

CAIRO — Remains of about 50 mummies, including newborn babies, thought to belong to the 18th Dynasty were found in a huge tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said Monday.

Wooden coffins and death masks were found beside the bodies, probably dating from the New Kingdom, state news agency MENA quoted Ibrahim as saying.

The New Kingdom takes in Egypt's 18th, 19th and 20th pharaonic dynasties, dating between about 1567 and 1085 B.C.

Image: Remains and mask
A newly discovered tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings contains death masks, coffins and the remains of about 50 mummies. Supreme Council of Antiquities

According to initial studies of the find, princes and princesses were among the bodies found in the tomb, which had been raided in previous eras, MENA reported.

The discovery was made by a Swiss team from the University of Basel working with the Egyptian government.

Antiquities are vital to Egypt's tourist trade. However, the country has been beset by insecurity and political chaos in the three years since the Arab Spring, and as a result Egyptian officials have failed to secure ancient sites and stop theft from museums, mosques, stores and illegal excavations.

— Reuters