This fascinating topic is the focus of Tessa Baber’s PhD. The mummy pits, found at sites across Egypt, were purported to contain thousands of mummified bodies and were a focus of interest for early travelers in the country. They provided both a source of souvenirs for those returning from their travels back to Europe and an ingredient in a new and profitable mummy related product industry! Tessa has been researching the burial phenomena in order to determine what the pits represent in terms of burial practices in ancient Egypt. She also hopes to be able to relocate any of the now lost burial sites.
I thoroughly recommend viewing her informative website www.mummypits.com.