Gold Covered Mummy Found In More Than 4,000 Year Old Coffin In Egypt
A gold covered Mummy, the remains of a man named Hekashepes, is thought to be one of the oldest and most complete non-royal corpses ever found in Egypt.
It was discovered down a 15 metres shaft at a burial site South of Cairo, Saqqara, where three other tombs were found.
The largest of the mummies that were unearthed at the ancient Necropolis is said to belong to a man called Khnumdjedef – a priest, inspector and supervisor of nobles.
Several other items, including pottery, have also been found among the tombs.
Thursday’s discovery comes just a day after experts in the Southern Egyptian city of Luxor said they had discovered a complete residential city from the Roman era, dating back to the second and third centuries AD.
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Archaeologists also disclosed several recent discoveries about 400 miles to the south – including a family burial plot dating back about 4,000 years.
The uncovering of the burial site, found at the Dra Abu el-Naga necropolis (or cemetery) on the west bank of the Nile in the city of Luxor, is the first found from the ancient Egyptian Thirteenth Dynasty, which dates back beyond 1780 B.C., according to Mostafa Waziry, an Egyptologist and the secretary-general of the supreme council of antiquities at the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
“The discovery is the first of its kind,” Waziry said in a posting on Instagram.
Discoveries at the site included a pink granite sarcophagus weighing about 11 tons, inscribed with the name of a minister named Ankho, who lived during the reign of King Sobekhotep II during the 13th Dynasty, Fathy Yaseen, director general of antiquities of upper Egypt, told CBS News about the site.
“We have discovered more than a thousand burial sites before in Luxor, but this is the first time we find one from the 13th Dynasty,” Yaseen said.
Also discovered nearby: “The most important and oldest residential city” dating from the Roman Era, Waziry said in a posting on Instagram. He also posted videos of the finds on Facebook and Twitter.