BYU students and professors have been excavating a cemetery near the Seila pyramid in Egypt, containing more than one million mummies, most of which are likely Christian, according to BYU professor C. Wilfred Griggs.
"[The team has] been digging there for 30 years and we could dig there for a hundred more and still have only done a small percentage," BYU professor Kerry Muhlestein said.
The pyramid, built on a hill by Pharaoh Snefru 4,600 years ago, is part of the BYU team’s land concession, but no burials have been discovered there, Griggs said. The cemetery, with a million or more mummies, is about a mile and a half north of the pyramid and covers roughly 300 acres.
There are about two mummies per square yard, buried in shafts five or more mummies deep.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
BYU team digs up ancient Egyptian mummies
Universe (Angela Berrett)