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Late Period Burial Site Discovered at Tuna El-Gebel

 
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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 8:57 pm    Post subject: Late Period Burial Site Discovered at Tuna El-Gebel Reply with quote

" Cachette of 17 mummies unearthed in Egypt's El-Minya " (Ahram Online - Nevine El-Aref, 13.05.2017)

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... During excavation work in the area, which neighbours the birds and animals necropolis, a mission from Cairo University stumbled this week upon the cachette -- a term that describes an unmarked burial site used to house multiple mummies and protect them from looting.

Mission head Salah El-Kholi told Ahram Online that the cachette includes 17 non-royal mummies wrapped in linen and very well preserved. It was found by chance through a radar survey carried out in collaboration with experts from the university's faculty of science in early 2016 that revealed hollow ground.

El-Kholi said the mummies were found in burial shafts along with a collection of eight limestone sarcophagi, two of which were carved in clay. A number of baboon coffins were also found. ...

... El-Kholi said that both clay sarcophagi are anthropoid coffins, one of which is in good condition while the other is partly damaged. Two papyri written in Demotic and a gold decoration with the shape of a feather were also found.

"This feather could be decoration on the hair dress of one of the deceased," El- Kholi said.

He said the papyri would be transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum for restoration. ...

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