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Ancient Egypt mystery: the Identity of well-preserved Egyptian mummy remains unknown

This well-preserved mummy, wrapped in linen bandages, is found in a limestone sarcophagus in a 2500 year old tomb in Aswan, in the south of Egypt. The identity of the mummy is unclear. Credit: Photo courtesy of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities

Archaeologists have discovered several ancient Egyptian mummies, including the remains of a remarkably well preserved, that the individual in a grave along the west bank of the Nile River, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities said in a statement released today (Sept. 18).

The 2500-year old tomb located in Aswan, in southern Egypt — was probably used as a common cemetery, Abdel Moneim Saeed, director of Aswan and Nubia antiquities at the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, said in the statement.

Among the mummies discovered in this communal cemetery is a remarkably well preserved individual, wrapped in linen bandages, which archaeologists in a sandstone sarcophagus. There is no text on the sarcophagus, and the identity of the well-preserved mummy is not yet certain, the ministry said. Research is underway to learn more about it. [Peaceful Funerary Garden Revered in Egypt Dead (Photos)]

This well-preserved mummy, wrapped in linen bandages, is found in a limestone sarcophagus in a 2500 year old tomb in Aswan, in the south of Egypt. The identity of the mummy is unclear.

Archaeologists have discovered several ancient Egyptian mummies, including the remains of a remarkably well preserved, that the individual in a grave along the west bank of the Nile River, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities said in a statement released today (Sept. 18).

The 2500-year old tomb located in Aswan, in southern Egypt — was probably used as a common cemetery, Abdel Moneim Saeed, director of Aswan and Nubia antiquities at the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, said in the statement.

Among the mummies discovered in this communal cemetery is a remarkably well preserved individual, wrapped in linen bandages, which archaeologists in a sandstone sarcophagus. There is no text on the sarcophagus, and the identity of the well-preserved mummy is not yet certain, the ministry said. Research is underway to learn more about it. [Peaceful Funerary Garden Revered in Egypt Dead (Photos)]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three other tombs were discovered near the tomb with the common cemetery. Remains of paintings, including a number of hieroglyphic texts, were found in these graves, as if they were pieces of clay sarcophagi, the ministry said. The analysis is worked on the deciphering of the text.

All of the graves contain the remains of amulets are made of faience (glazed pottery). Photos released by the ministry shows that a number of the amulets in the form of Egyptian gods such as Anubis, the jackal-head of the Egyptian god of the dead. Archaeologists also discovered the head of a sandstone statue in one of the tombs, although it is unclear who the statue depicts, the ministry said.

Period of foreign control

Archaeologists believe that the discoveries to date in a time that modern historians call the Late Period, which lasted from 712 B. C. to 332 B. C. During this time, Egypt was often under the control of the foreign powers, such as Kush (an ancient kingdom located south of Egypt), Assyria and Persia. The period ended when Alexander the Great, Egypt was conquered in 332 bc.

It is unclear whether any of the persons buried in the grave with the common were buried the members of each of these foreign groups. But the researchers hope to solve this mystery quickly, and are currently, an analysis of the mummies and artifacts.

Original article on Live Science.

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