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3,500-year-old Mummy Surprise Found in Egypt

History Stories April 19, 2017

3,500-year-old Mummy Surprise Found in Egypt

A step by step process of how a body was prepared for mummification. The brain was removed along with all other major organs except the heart.
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    3,500-year-old Mummy Surprise Found in Egypt

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      Brynn Holland

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      history.com

    • Year Published

      2017

    • Title

      3,500-year-old Mummy Surprise Found in Egypt

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      https://www.history.com/news/35000-year-old-mummy-surprise-found-in-egypt

    • Access Date

      May 25, 2018

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      A+E Networks

Lead by Mostafa Waziri, the team discovered the tomb on the west bank of the Nile River in Luxor. The tomb was likely built during the 18th Dynasty (1550–1298 B.C.), but the team thinks it was opened during the 21st Dynasty (about 3,500 years ago) to add additional mummies (and artifacts) to protect them from tomb raiders.

Members of an Egyptian archaeological team work on a wooden coffin discovered in a 3,500-year-old tomb in the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis. (Credit: STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

The Ministry of Antiquities in Egypt released a statement saying the tomb belonged to a nobleman named Userhat who worked as a Luxor judge. Usherhat died of a disease, and the team of archaeologists are trying to determine which one. They went on to explain that the tomb is T-shaped, with “an open court leading into a rectangular hall, a corridor and an inner chamber.” White, orange, green and patterned pots were found in the tombs.

Members of an Egyptian archaeological team stand near artifacts, known as Ushabtis, discovered in a 3,500-year-old tomb in the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis. (Credit: STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

The Ushabti figurines (believed to help the deceased with their responsibilities in the afterlife) were found inside a 9-meter (30ft) shaft within the tomb, which also contained a wooden mask and a handle to a sarcophagus lid.

Members of an Egyptian archaeological team work on a wooden coffin discovered in a 3,500-year-old tomb in the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis. (Credit: STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

The sarcophagi are covered with intricate drawings in red, blue, black, green and yellow and, for the most part, are well-preserved. They also feature the carved faces of the dead. The team is working on restoring the wooden coffins, as well as examining a mummy wrapped in linen which was found inside one of the coffins.

A member of an Egyptian archaeological team shows artifacts discovered in a 3,500-year-old tomb in the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis. (Credit: STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

Egypt’s antiquities minister Khaled el-Enany expressed his shock to reporters, “It was a surprise how much was being displayed inside” the tomb.

A member of an Egyptian archaeological team works on a wooden coffin discovered in a 3,500-year-old tomb in the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis. (Credit: STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

What does this discovery mean for the future? Spokeswoman Nevine el-Aref said there was, “evidence and traces that new mummies could be discovered in the future.” Waziri stressed that the excavation is still ongoing, hoping that more will be revealed about the tomb’s owner as they continue.

A separate room has also been uncovered, but the excavations haven’t started on it yet. Who knows what secrets this new discovery will continue to reveal?

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