| The Mummies of Gebel el Silsila |
|Name(s)||The Mummies of Gebel el Silsila|
|Sex||Both male and female|
|Date(s)||18th Dynasty (1500 BCE – 1292 BCE)|
|Location||Gebel el Silsila, Egypt|
12 tombs were found in Gebel el Silsila, Egypt by a team of British and Swedish archeologists, who, within the tombs, discovered what they believe to be family entombments, with bodies of different ages, but mostly the bodies of children, found in the same chambers.
The mummies were found wrapped in linens. Their bodies revealed expanded muscle attachments as well as fractures in bones, suggesting that these individuals once lived in a labour-intensive environment. Archeologists also found some gifts or offerings at the burial site, which included necklaces, amulets, worked flint, ceramic vases, and coloured pebbles.
The archeological team found a number of rock-cut tombs, with some including large amounts of goat or sheep remains along with the human mummies, which were assumably sacrifices. Crocodile remains were also found at the burial site amongst everything else. The reason why these remains were there is uncertain, however, it is believed that they washed up there, or buried unintentionally in some way.
As of now, researchers are unsure as to why these individuals (including the children) died, as according to conditions of their burials sites they came from high-class families and could afford medicine if their death is due to disease.
At the time these mummified individuals were alive, it would have been the same period that Thutmose III and Amenhotep II would have arose as leaders.