Egypt unearths eight ancient mummies

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A handout picture released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities on November 28, 2018 shows newly-uncovered mummies dating back over 2,300 years that were found by Egyptian archaeologists at a pyramid complex south of Cairo.(AFP)
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A handout picture released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities on November 28, 2018 shows a newly-uncovered mummy dating back over 2,300 years found by Egyptian archaeologists at a pyramid complex south of Cairo. (AFP)
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A handout picture released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities on November 28, 2018 shows the pyramid complex, south of Cairo, where mummies dating back over 2,300 years were found by Egyptian archaeologists.(AFP)
Updated 28 November 2018

Egypt unearths eight ancient mummies

  • The mummies, dating from the Late Period of ancient Egypt, are “covered with a layer of painted cartonnage in the form of a human”

CAIRO: Egyptian archaeologists have discovered eight mummies dating back over 2,300 years at a pyramid complex south of Cairo, authorities said Wednesday.
“The Egyptian archaeological mission working at the south eastern area of King Amenemhat II’s pyramid in Dahshur Necropolis has uncovered a number of ancient burials with eight coffins,” the antiquities ministry said in a statement.
The mummies, dating from the Late Period of ancient Egypt, are “covered with a layer of painted cartonnage in the form of a human,” the statement said.
“Three of them are in good condition.”
Cartonnage, a material often consisting of a mixture of linen or papyrus and plaster, was frequently used to cover mummies.
The ministry said it planned to eventually put the mummies and the limestone sarcophagi they were found in on display at museums set to be built in the resort hubs of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh.
The Dahshur complex, some 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Cairo, was a major royal burial site that boasts the well-known “bent pyramid” of King Snefru.
In April 2017, the remains of an Egyptian pyramid built around 3,700 year ago were discovered at the complex.


Libyan migrant centers are like concentration camps, pope says

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Libyan migrant centers are like concentration camps, pope says

  • The pope has in the past called for the camps to be closed
  • Thousands of refugees and migrants are held in about 20 official detention facilities in Libya

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Wednesday compared migrant detention centers in Libya to concentration camps, saying the world was being given only a diluted version of how hellish life really was for the people living there.
The pope, who has in the past called for the camps to be closed, made his comments in his homily during a Mass to mark the seventh anniversary of his trip to the Italian island of Lampedusa, landing place for many migrants making the perilous crossing from north Africa.
Departing from his prepared address, he recalled how an interpreter translating his conversation with a migrant seven years ago, gave him only a “distilled” version of what the migrant was actually saying.
“This is what is happening today in Libya. They give us the distilled version,” said Francis, who has made defense of migrants a major part of his seven-year-old papacy.
“Yes, there is a war (in Libya) and we know that is ugly but you cannot imagine the hell that people live there in those lagers of detention,” he said.
Lager is an abbreviation of the German word ‘Konzentrationslager’, or concentration camp.
“All these people had was hope as they were crossing the sea,” Francis said.
Thousands of refugees and migrants are held in about 20 official detention facilities in Libya, some controlled by armed groups, as well as an unknown number in squalid centers run by traffickers, according to the United Nations.
Human rights groups say abuses, including beating and forced labor, are rife in the detention centers.
Detainees in the Libyan camps include those who left on boats for Europe and were brought back by the European Union- backed Libyan Coast Guard, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, says.