It's hard to believe but yes, the research has shown an Egyptian cemetery includes more than one million mummies. 'Fag el-Gamous'' (meaning: Way of the Buffalo) is an ancient cemetery in Faiyum and the largest cemetery ever found. It stretches over 300 acres in the middle Egypt. Archeologists of Brigham Young University (BYU) discovered the massive cemetery in 1980. After a year, they were asked to excavate the place. Hence, the excavation that started in the year 1881
Archaeologists now conduct an annual excavation. More than 1,700 bodies have been recovered till now. Most of the bodies were found in clusters in the 1,500-year-old desert necropolis. The diggers also discovered the accessories and other household items along with the mummies.
Archaeologists who unearthed the cemetery for the first time were shocked. They identified many unusual aspects about the mummification. Scientists believe that the mummies were buried between the 1st and 7th century AD, the time when the Roman and Byzantine Empire controlled Egypt. The mummified human bodies also include children. The actual reason behind the densely populated burial remains a mystery.
Archaeologists say there are many mysteries about the largest burial site that remain unsolved. Researchers are still puzzled where these huge number of mummies came from.
Archaeologists identified the kid to be a girl.
No coffins were seen at the site. Scientists concluded that the bodies that were dug out did not belong to the royal families. All of them were poor people.
BYU alone conducts the task of excavation. The facts about the mummification revealed by the University also created the controversies. Some of the concerned authorities didn't believe the numbers claimed by the university.
Common people at that time rarely had that kind of nutrition. But still some mummies were unusual and bizarre.
Million mummy mystery shocks the archaeologists in the entire world.
Several kinds of researches are taking place to disclose the unknown facts about the ancient times.
Yet, they discovered some worthy items. Some of them were amazingly preserved that the diggers found them.
Professor of BYU Kerry Muhlestein seems excited to discover the rest of the mysteries. Kerry exhibits the findings every time his team dig out the burial site.