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Egyptian culture minister disputes million-mummy cemetery claim

Egyptian culture minister disputes million-mummy cemetery claim

CAIRO: An Egyptian culture minister is disputing claims that archaeologists have discovered a remote cemetery boasting a million mummies.” “It is not true,” Yousef Khalifa, chairman of the nation’s antiquities sector, told Al Arabiya News.
This claim was made by BYU archaeologist Kerry Muhlestein, who presented the findings at the Study of Egyptian Antiquities Scholars Colloquium in Toronto. Muhlestein and his team have been researching at Fag el-Gamous, a location roughly sixty miles south of Cairo, for the past 30 years. This find is one of their most impressive. In his presentation, Muhlestein stated that, while his team did not actually find a million mummies, the cemetery size and burial density suggest that a million skeletons are buried on the site.
According to Upi, Khalifa and his staff refuted that math, stating the reports were grossly embellished. The minister claims that, instead of a million skeletons, there are no more than a few thousand. In addition, he has also said that the skeletons, because of the way they are buried, are not technically mummified. Such distinctions have made the minister very upset.
These contradicting reports are not only problematic because of the fuzzy math, but the minster says that this misuse of information is a direct violation of the agreement that allows Muhlestein and his team to research in the area. As such, the committee of the ancient Egypt department have revoked Muhlestein’s access to the site, and will not permit future digs.