Egyptian officials have announced the discovery of fifty mummies dating back to the Ptolemaic era (305-30BC).
The discovery was made by Egyptian archaeologists, the antiquities ministry has said.
In a statement the ministry said “the newly discovered tombs are a familial grave who was probably for a family from the elite middle class.”
It adds that “the grave consists of a number of burial chambers inside it found a large number of human mummies of different genders and age.”
The mummies, were found in four burial chambers 9m (30ft) deep in the Tuna El-Gebel site in Menia, south of the capital Cairo.
Egypt’s antiquities ministry said “Mummies of men and women were also unearthed and some of its wrappings still bear fragments of its coloured carttonage covers near their feet.”
The ministry said the tombs of the mummies “are in a good conservation condition and among them found mummies of children wrapped in linen, or decorated with Demotic handwriting.”