Saturday, August 25, 2007

Golden mummies found in el-Kharga
I have not seen this reported anywhere else, and there is no indication of a formal source, but here is the very brief report anyway, in its entirety:

A French team has discovered in western Egypt a graveyard dating back to the Ptolemaic era, antiquity officials said yesterday.

Most of the 25 tombs, found in the el-Kharga Oasis, New Valley Governorate, consist of a chamber 2 metres square and 1.45 metres high, they added. Six gold-painted mummies were also unearthed in good condition.

Papyri, gold masks, funerary beds and bronze shaving implements were also found as well as statues of the four children of the god Horus.

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