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A newly discovered ancient cemetery in Egypt is an archaeologist’s dream come true, especially when it contains more than one million mummified human remains!

Around 1,700 bodies have been uncovered so far at the Fag el-Gamous site in Egypt, located just 60 miles south of Cairo. Expert archaeologists believe there are countless more contained in the burial ground. Project director, Kerry Muhlestein says, “It’s large and it’s dense.”

The bodies were placed there between the 1st and 7th centuries AD but the reason remains as mystery as the nearby town is too small for a cemetery of such a size and any neighbouring settlements had their own burial grounds. One interesting thing they’ve discovered so far is that bodies are grouped together according to hair colour. Also, remains included one man more than 7 feet tall!

You never quite know what mysteries you’ll uncover when you book flights to Cairo! From the pyramids to ancient burial sites, from beaches to camel expeditions… 

Img: Ine / Flickr cc.

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