Probably oldest mummy in Egypt, 4,300 years old, found in Saqqara

Probably oldest mummy in Egypt, 4,300 years old, found in Saqqara

Recently found in Saqqara (near the capital of Egypt, Cairo) 4 pharaonic tombs, containing incredible discoveries, such as probably the oldest and most complete mummy ever excavated in the country. At 4,300 years old, the preserved remains were at the bottom of a 15-meter-deep well. The tombs would be from the 5th or 6th dynasty of Egypt, according to team director Zahi Hawass.

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The mummy, covered in gold, would belong to an individual named Hekashepes, and was inside a limestone sarcophagus sealed with mortar. Another tomb contained the remains of Quenumdjedefe, high priest of Pharaoh Unas, the last of the fifth dynasty, as well as inspector of officials and overseer of nobles. The place was decorated with scenes from the everyday life of the Egyptians.

More tombs and context of discoveries

A third tomb would still belong to Meri, a “keeper of secrets” and assistant to the great palace leader of her time. There is no information, so far, about the last tomb, but several statues were found among the 4 sites, including one representing a man and his wife, along with several servants.

Saqqara is a necropolis located south of Giza, home to the great pyramids of Egypt. In addition to the site, Luxor has also brought to light numerous archaeological discoveries, all announced by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of the Egyptian government. An example is the complete Roman city found in Tibas, whose revelation took place last Tuesday (24).

Experts in the field believe that the announcement so close to so many discoveries is less related to science and more linked to politics and economics. With 104 million inhabitants, the country has been going through a severe economic crisis, and the tourism sector is one of the main pillars of Egypt’s economy. That effort might involve holding back some discoveries to make interest in the country higher at certain times of the year, like the current one.

Source: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities with information from O Globo