Scientists have found a well-preserved mummy in an Egyptian tomb.
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of three inhabitants of ancient Egypt – a man, a woman and a child – with tongues of gold leaf. According to the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, they were placed with the dead to help them communicate with the gods in the afterlife. For example, Osiris – the god of rebirth, the king of the afterlife in ancient Egyptian mythology and the judge of the souls of the departed.
The remains of three bodies were found in two adjacent tombs. According to Ahram Online, one of them, which has already been plundered, contained the remains of a woman and a three-year-old child. And in the other – a limestone sarcophagus with a closed lid from the times of the XXVI dynasty (also called the Sais dynasty after the capital of the pharaohs, lasted about 685-525 BC). The man’s body remained intact, this is the only mummy that has survived intact.
“This is a very important find, it is rare to find a completely sealed tomb,” explains Esther Pons Mellado, co-director of the Oxyrhynhus archaeological mission in an interview with The National, which covers events in the Middle East.
Researchers from the Oxyrhynchus Archaeological Mission, which was overseen by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the University of Barcelona, found bodies near the modern city of El Banas, about 160 km south of Cairo. Scientists have found in the burial three tongues of gold leaf that belonged to a man, woman and child who lived in ancient Egypt. The identities of all three are still unknown, but archaeologists hope that ongoing excavations will lead to new discoveries.