This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

A burial chamber containing at least 17 well-preserved mummies has been discovered in Minya, a province 150 miles south of Cairo in Egypt. Located about 26 feet below ground, the burial site, which contains both limestone and clay sarcophagi along with animal coffins and inscribed papyrus, is the most recent in a series of discoveries that the country hopes will boost its struggling tourism industry.

According to Reuters, the mummies are believed to come from a 600-year period following the country’s subjugation by Alexander the Great, a time when Egypt was part of the Greco-Roman Empire. Egypt, whose ancient temples and iconic pyramids were once the foundation of the country’s booming tourism industry, witnessed a political uprising in 2011 that eventually led to a sharp drop in tourism — recent militant attacks have only complicated things as the country struggles to bounce back and get the word out that it’s safe for people to visit.

Now, Egypt is hoping that a succession of archeological discoveries — including a nobleman’s tomb, 12 cemeteries and a gigantic colossus all dating back around 3,000 years — will revive its appeal to foreign tourists.

“2017 has been a historic year for archeological discoveries. It’s as if it’s a message from our ancestors who are lending us a hand to help bring tourists back,” Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Khaled Al-Anani told Reuters.

Aside from Egypt’s ancestors, another driver may help to increase tourism to the country. The unlikely source? Tom Cruise, who is starring in a reboot of The Mummy, a movie that draws largely from Egypt and its rich history (though with some major poetic license in play). The original Mummy movie, which debuted in 1999, coincided with a surge in tourism, leaving Egyptian officials hopeful that the updated version could have the same effect. And Cruise isn’t waiting for the movie release this summer to begin bringing press to the country either. Case in point: this cheeky dad joke.

Featured image of the Minya catacombs courtesy of Khaled Desouki/AFP via Getty Images.

H/T: Travel Pulse

Know before you go.

News and deals straight to your inbox every day.

2018 TPG Award Winner: Mid-Tier Card of the Year
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

NEW INCREASED OFFER: 60,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,200

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
18.24% - 25.24% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.