Photo courtesy of Zahi Hawass

More than 40 mummies were discovered in a single tomb (shown here), now known to archaeologists as Tomb 54. (The faint gleam of gold is visible on several of the partially excavated mummies in the photo.) Most of the Roman-period mummies found at Bahariya are extremely well preserved; their casings were strengthened by placing reed rods on each side of the dessicated corpse before wrapping it in linen.