Herodotus Returns


Roman-Era Mummy discovered in Egypt Bahariya Oasis
April 12, 2010, 11:43 am
Filed under: Egypt, Uncategorized | Tags: , ,

Archaeologists digging near the Bahariya Oasis in Egypt have uncovered 14 ancient Egyptian tombs, one of which held a female mummy encrusted in jewels. They were clearing a foundation, apparently, for a planned youth center. I wonder if some construction workers in Egypt are budding archaeologists, if they always secretly hope to be part of the next big find.

The Greco-Roman tombs, in Bahariya Oasis, 300 km (190 miles) southwest of Cairo, were discovered during probes that indicated they may be part of a much larger necropolis, Egypt’s Culture Ministry said in a statement Monday.

A 97-cm (38-inch) tall female mummy, found in the stair-lined interior of one of the rock-hewn tombs, was cast in colored plaster inlaid with jewelry and eyes.

More on the discovery in Bahariya Oasis.

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