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Egyptian Mummies discovered in sewage


Two ancient Egyptian mummies with their wooden sarcophagi have been found from sewage water near El Minya, Egypt.

Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities says these Greco-Roman period mummies had been buried in tombs in a small village in northeastern Egypt, 150 miles south of Cairo. The mummies, which were found wrapped in several layers of thick linen and still in their wooden sarcophagi.

Very few human leftovers were recovered from these wrappings. The wooden sarcophagi containing the mummies had suffered wide damage due the foul water.The artifacts dated back to the Greco-Roman era of Egyptian narration, from 332 B.C. to 395 A.D.

Looting and illegal excavation or historical sites is a problem about the world, and political turmoil doesn’t make the condition easier for officials. According to experts, looters will strip Egypt of most of its archaeological heritage within the next 25 years except something is done to stop it.

A satellite survey project, invented in part by the National Geographic Society, has examined more than 4,000 archaeological sites in Egypt using Google Earth satellite imagery, and already tens of thousands of looting pits have been found across the site. Egypt employs about 1,200 guards at archaeological sites, most make only about $40 a week, leaving them tempted by giving bribes. Others may be scared off by armed gangs.

Restoration and conservation of ancient artifacts is a time overriding and exacting practice, and the loss of the sarcophagi is a blow to conservationists and the wider community of civilization and heritage preservation. The condition of the El Minya mummies is poor, but Khalifa has announced the mummies and sarcophagi will be restored as much as probable and put on display at the Hermopolis Museum.

February 10th, 2015 at 9:17 am

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