"Beautiful" Mummies, Gilded Caskets Found in Egypt

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A team of Russian and U.S. archaeologists work at Deir el-Banat, an ancient Egyptian necropolis where some 150 tombs have recently been discovered.

The site was used as a cemetery from the early fourth century B.C. to the seventh century A.D., experts say.

Tombs here are modest, shallow graves dug out the desert gravel, which makes them a prime target for thieves.

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—Photograph by Sergej Ivanov/Centre for Egyptological Studies at Russian Academy of Sciences
 
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