Egypt unveils 2,500-year-old mummy at forgotten cemetery

Egypt unveils 2,500-year-old mummy at forgotten cemetery

Egypt unveils 2,500-year-old mummy at forgotten cemetery

In an ancient cemetery south of Cairo, Egypt uncovered the 2500-year old mummy of a priest.

Three sealed sarcophagi from the 26th Dynasty were opened by Egyptologist Zahi Hawass and an Egyptian team.

The remains of the second mummy found at the site. This person would have been a singer in a temple dedicated to the god Thoth

One of them contained the well-preserved mummy of a powerful priest, wrapped in linen and decorated with a golden figure depicting Isis, the ancient Egyptian goddess.

The team also opened two other sarcophagi, one containing a female mummy decorated with blue beads and another with a father in a family tomb. The finds were revealed live on air on the Discovery Channel on Sunday.

At the burial site in Minya province, the team also found a rare wax head. “I never discovered in the late period anything like this,” Hawass said.

The wax head of the high priest

Egyptian archaeologists discovered the site a year and a half ago and the excavation is continuing.

“I really believe that this site needs excavation maybe for the coming 50 years,” Hawass told Reuters a day before the sarcophagi were opened. He expects more tombs to be found there.

In 1927, a huge limestone sarcophagus was found in the area and placed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, but the site was then forgotten, Hawass said.

But two years ago an unauthorized digger was found at the site and stopped, he said. That’s what alerted archaeologists and excavation began.

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