About 50 mummies, including those of newborn babies, thought to belong to the 18th Pharaonic dynasty, were found in a huge tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said Monday.

Wooden coffins and death masks were found beside the bodies, probably dating from the New Kingdom, state news agency MENA quoted Ibrahim as saying, referring to Egypt's 18th, 19th and 20th dynasties between about 1567 and 1085 BC.

According to initial studies of the find, the bodies of princes and princesses were among those in the tomb, which had been raided in previous eras, MENA reported. The discovery was made by a Swiss team working with the Egyptian government. - Reuters