Archaeologists uncovered what they believe to be the “oldest” and “most complete” mummy ever discovered in Egypt.
The 4300-year-old mummy was discovered at the bottom of a 15-metre shaft in a recently uncovered group of fifth and sixth dynasty tombs dating from around 2500-2100 BC near the Step Pyramid at Saqqara, Zahi Hawass, director of the team, told reporters.
The mummy of a man named Hekashepes was in a mortar-sealed limestone sarcophagus.
“This mummy may be the oldest and most complete mummy found in Egypt to date,” Hawass said, adding that it was “the most amazing discovery.”
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1. A general view inside a tomb after the announcement of the discovery of the tombs. Credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
2. An Egyptian archaeologist restores antiquities after the announcement of the discovery of sealed tombs in Egypt's Saqqara necropolis. Credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
3. 9 statues were found last week. Credit: Fadel Dawod/Getty Images
4. An array of Old Kingdom artifacts were discovered at the site. Credit: Amr Nabil/AP
5. An artifact is displayed after the announcement of the discovery of 4,300-year-old sealed tombs. Credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
One of the tombs uncovered belonged to Khnumdjedef, who was a priest, a supervisor of nobles, and an inspector of officials during the reign of Unas, the last pharaoh of the fifth dynasty. It was decorated with scenes of daily life.