Mil­len­nia-old mummy found in Egypt tomb It is in ‘very good con­di­tion’

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

Span­ish ar­chae­ol­o­gists have dis­cov­ered a mil­len­nia-old mummy in “very good con­di­tion” near the south­ern Egyp­tian town of Luxor, the an­tiq­ui­ties min­istry said yes­ter­day. The find was in a tomb prob­a­bly dat­ing from be­tween 1075-664 BC, on the west bank of the Nile river 700 kilo­me­ters (435 miles) south of Cairo, a state­ment said. The mummy had been bound with linen stuck to­gether with plas­ter. It was in a brightly coloured wooden sar­coph­a­gus and had been buried near a tem­ple from the era of fourth-mil­len­nium war­rior king Thut­mose III.

The tomb was likely to have be­longed to a no­ble­man, Amen­renef, who was “a ser­vant of the royal house­hold”, the min­istry said. The ar­chae­o­log­i­cal team’s head, Myr­iam Seco Alvarez, said the mummy was dec­o­rated with “many col­or­ful dec­o­ra­tions re­call­ing re­li­gious sym­bols from an­cient Egypt, such as the god­desses Isis and Nephtys dis­play­ing their wings, and the four sons of Horus”. The ear­li­est ev­i­dence of mum­mi­fi­ca­tion in Egypt sug­gests that the prac­tice of wrap­ping bod­ies to pre­serve them af­ter death dates back as far as 4500 BC.

Luxor, a city of half a mil­lion peo­ple on the banks of the Nile, abounds with tem­ples and tombs built by Egypt’s pharaohs. It is a key site for Egypt’s tourist in­dus­try which has been bat­tered by po­lit­i­cal in­sta­bil­ity and ji­hadist vi­o­lence since the 2011 rev­o­lu­tion that top­pled long­time dic­ta­tor Hosni Mubarak. —AFP

LUXOR, UQSUR, Egypt: A sar­coph­a­gus con­tain­ing a mil­len­nia-old mummy which was found by Span­ish ar­chae­ol­o­gists near the south­ern Egyp­tian town of Luxor.

LUXOR, UQSUR, Egypt: A hand­out pic­ture re­leased by Egypt’s An­tiq­ui­ties Min­istry yes­ter­day, shows a sar­coph­a­gus con­tain­ing a mil­len­nia-old mummy which was found by Span­ish ar­chae­ol­o­gists near the south­ern Egyp­tian town of Luxor. —AFP pho­tos

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