Society 16:55 01/12/2018 World

Eight ancient painted mummies discovered in Egypt

Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered eight limestone sarcophagi containing mummies at a site 25 miles south of Cairo, Fox News reports.

Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry said the mummies dating to the Late Period (664-332 B.C.) are covered with a layer of painted material called cartonnage in the form of a human

In a Facebook post, Dr. Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities explained that three of the mummies are in good condition.

The ministry said late Tuesday that the mummies were found in an area of King Amenemhat II's pyramid in the Dahshur royal necropolis. The necropolis was the burial site for courtiers and high-ranking officials.

The area is home to what is considered to be some of the earliest pyramids, including Sneferu's Bent Pyramid and the Red Pyramid.

In a separate project, experts recently discovered the mummy of a woman named Pouyou or Pouya was found in a sarcophagus in Luxor. In another tomb nearby, a number of mummies were found in sarcophagi, LiveScience reports.

Egypt continues to reveal fresh details of its rich history. Archaeologists, for example, recently uncovered a "massive" building that was once part of Egypt’s ancient capital city.

In another project, archaeologists discovered a stunning sphinx statue at an ancient temple in southern Egypt.

Elsewhere, experts unlocked the secrets of a mysterious ancient ‘cursed’ black granite sarcophagus. The massive coffin, which was excavated in the city of Alexandria, was found to contain three skeletons and gold sheets with the remains.

Experts also recently found the oldest solid cheese in the tomb of Ptahmes, mayor of the ancient city of Memphis.

A mummy buried in southern Egypt more than 5,000 years ago has also revealed its grisly secrets, shedding new light on prehistoric embalming practices.

In another project, experts unearthed a 2,200-year-old gold coin depicting the ancient King Ptolemy III, an ancestor of the famed Cleopatra.



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