Mummy wearing jewellery discovered in Egypt

Written by | November 25, 2014 | 0
Cairo: A 4,000-year-old female mummy nicknamed “Lady of the Jewels” wearing her ornaments has been discovered by Spanish archaeologists on the west bank of the river Nile in southern Egypt.

“Both the mummy and the wooden sarcophagus in which it was found were badly damaged and trapped under the tomb’s collapsed roof, and the site of the find dates back to the Middle Kingdom (2,000 BC-1,700 BC),” Aly el-Asfar, the head of the Upper Egypt Antiquities Department was quoted as saying by the Cairo post.

“The sarcophagus was found sealed, which suggests the tomb and its contents apparently eluded tomb robbers in both ancient and modern times. It seems that the roof had already collapsed before tomb robbers were able to enter,” Afsar said.

The mummy, believed to have been an aristocrat in her 30s, was found wearing intact jewellery, including a gold-plated necklace inlaid with lapis lazuli, a shell-shaped golden pendant, two badly damaged silver ankle bracelets and two golden bracelets on her wrists, Asfar said.

The excavation, restoration, conservation and site management project at the temple first began in 2008.

It was a collaborative project between the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) and the Academy of Fine Arts in Seville, Spain, according to the website for the Thutmosis III Temple Project.

“This finding is significant due to the rarity of the Middle Kingdom Period’s discoveries. It also emphasises that this area had a necropolis that was used by ancient Egyptian nobles and high officials during the Middle Kingdom Period,” Spanish archaeologist Myriam Seco Alvarez said.

The Mortuary Temple of Thutmosis III was discovered accidentally in 1960 during a restoration carried out between the Mortuary Temples of Queen Hatshepsut and Pharaoh Mentuhotep II, another archaeologist Sherif el-Sabban said.

“Thutmosis III, better known as the Napoleon of ancient Egypt, was an army general and statesman who ruled Egypt for over 40 prosperous years. He spent long years of training in the army before he succeeded his aunt and half-sister Queen Hatshepsut,” Sabban added.

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