Valley of the Golden Mummies

As is the case elsewhere in Egypt the stumbling of a donkey revealed a cache of previously undiscovered tombs, Bahariya’s so-called Valley of the Golden Mummies. This was stunning find and its importance is immense. Some 10,000 mummies dating from the Greco-Roman period were revealed by archaeologists working at the site, their faces painted in the portraiture-fashion known the ‘Fayyoum style’. The museum holds several mummies, mainly those of rich Ptolemy-era elite, and is well worth a visit to see some of what is one of the most important finds in recent years.


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