Sunday, March 26, 2006

Mummy analysis project
This page will be up for the next week, on the Egyptian Mail website. There's an introductory parapgraph about Tutankhamun and the value of the treasures from that and other tombs, and then some information about the project to analyze a number of mummies in Egypt: " 'The project to examine the ancient mummies consists of four stages," says Zahi Hawass, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities. The first stage involves examining the photographs of the five mummies discovered in the Valley of the Kings. Then the second stage in September will witness 10,000 'ordinary' [i.e. non-royal] mummies being transferred to el-Fostat [in Old Cairo] for treatment. In the third stage, we're going to study the golden mummies discovered in Bahariya Oasis. The fourth stage of this exclusively Egyptian project will involvefurther study of the royal mummies,' Hawass adds. Clearly, the local authorities are taking great care of these priceless treasures, an irreplaceable part of Egypt's rich heritage."

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