The team of archeologists working for the Egyptian-Dominican mission of the University of Santo Domingo which was headed by Dr. Kathleen Martinez has discovered 16 burials in the rock-cut tombs in Taposiris Magna Temple in Western Alexandria. And, one of the discoveries is a mummy with a golden tongue that is said to be placed to ensure that the dead would be able to speak in the afterlife.
The said burial shafts were popular in the Greek and Roman eras according to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
What’s Within the Burial Shafts?
- A number of mummies in a poor state of preservation were discovered within these shafts.
- Inside is what highlights the characteristics of mummification in the Greek and Roman eras
- Remnants of gilded cartonnage in addition to amulets of gold foil in the form of a tongue that were placed in the mouth of the mummy in a special ritual.
Two Most Important Important Mummies Discovered
It was explained by Dr. Matinez that among the discovered mummies these are the two most important mummies that preserved the remains of scrolls and parts of the cartonnage:
- With remains of gilding and bearing gilded decorations showing the god of the afterlife, which is Osiris.
- The second mummy wears a crown.
- The crown was decorated with horns and the cobra snake at the forehead.
- The chest of the mummy shows a gilded decoration representing the wide necklace from which hangs the head of a falcon, the symbol of the god Horus.
Most Important Archaeological Discoveries
Among the archaeological discoveries that were found in the mission, the most important according to the Director-General of The Alexandria Antiquities Dr. Khaled Abo El Hamd are:
- A funeral mask for a woman
- Eight golden flakes representing the leaves of a golden wreath
- Eight masks of marble dating back to the Greek and Roman era
Furthermore, in a statement, the ministry wrote that “these masks show high craftsmanship in Sculpture and depiction of the features of its owners.”
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