Over a million mummies have been discovered in an ancient Egyptian cemetery, archaeologists have announced.
One mummy, believed to be an 18-month-old, was found in a burial ground in middle Egypt, according to head excavator, an American professor from Brigham Young University.
Archaeologists claim there are an estimated 1 million mummies under the earth.
But Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities refuted the researcher’s prediction.
The site does contain many corpses and bodies parts wrapped in a thick textile, officials said. But they said they number in the tens of thousands maximum.
The college said nearly 2,000 corpses have been found so far at the Fag el-Gamous site, south of Cairo. Many date back to the Roman or Byzantine empires.
Those buried there were ordinary people with no access to the formal mummification methods reserved for pharaohs. But the arid desert climate dried and preserved their bodies.
Despite the lower social status of the dead, excavators found some items of value like linen, glass and even a child’s tunic.
One toddler appeared to be buried with care. She wore two bracelets and an intricate necklace.