Monday, June 14, 1999 Published at 16:46 GMT 17:46 UK
World: Middle East
Golden mummies discovered
'Valley of the mummies' is the biggest of its kind
Archaeologists in Egypt have announced the discovery of at least 200 mummies, some of them with golden masks, in a huge cemetery in the Western Desert.
The area, within the city of Bawiti, 300 kilometres (185 miles) southwest of Cairo, has been renamed "Valley of the Mummies", it added.
They included wealthy people and some rulers, Gaballah Ali Gaballah, head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities said.
Cairo and Giza antiquities director Zahi Hawass said the first 200 mummies were uncovered after a four-year excavation.
Others were coated in plaster or covered with linen and some lay in terracotta sarcophagi bearing representations of the human head.
Mr Hawass said work would continue until the rest were uncovered.