Egypt, the world’s oldest mummy, discovered

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Recent archaeological excavations in Egypt have led to the discovery of a mummy dating back some 4,300 years, making it the oldest mummy in the world.

The discovery was made near the Pyramid of Saqqara, about 30 kilometers from Cairo.

This discovery represents an important archaeological treasure and a unique window into the life and funerary customs of the ancient Egyptians. In this photo gallery, we explore the details of this extraordinary discovery and what it can teach us about Egypt’s ancient history.

Egypt, the world’s oldest mummy, discovered
Recent archaeological excavations in Egypt have led to the discovery of a mummy dating back some 4,300 years, making it the oldest mummy in the world. The discovery was made near the Pyramid of Saqqara, about 30 kilometers from Cairo. This discovery represents an important archaeological treasure and a unique window into the life and funerary customs of the ancient Egyptians. In this photo gallery, we explore the details of this extraordinary discovery and what it can teach us about Egypt’s ancient history.

Archaeological site
The tomb was found inside a 15-meter-deep excavation near the Pyramid of Saqqara, about 30 kilometers from Cairo. The archaeological site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to over a dozen pyramids, animal tombs, and ancient Coptic Christian monasteries.

Ancient
The mummy discovered in Egypt may be the oldest ever found: according to archaeologists, it dates back 4,300 years. According to archaeologist Zahi Hawass, the tomb belongs to a group of pharaonic burials from the fifth and sixth dynasties,
Hawass’s words
These are the words of Hawass, one of Egypt’s former antiquities ministers, “This mummy may be the oldest and most complete found in Egypt to date.” Some of the tombs found are decorated with scenes of daily life.

Hekashepes
According to archaeologist Zahi Hawass, the mummy belongs to a man named Hekashepes. Hekashepes’ mummy was in a limestone sarcophagus sealed in mortar. One of the tombs found belongs to Khnumdjedef, inspector of officials, supervisor of nobles, and priest during the reign of Unas, the last pharaoh of the Fifth Dynasty.

Dynasty
Another tomb belonged to Meri, “keeper of secrets and assistant to the great leader of the palace.” Several statues were found among the tombs, including one depicting a man and his wife and several servants. Some of the tombs found are decorated with scenes of daily life.

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