3000-year-old mummies uncovered in Egypt
In Egypt, anthropologists have uncovered over 3,000-year-old mummies in the “Valley of the Kings.” These colorful wooden coffins decorated with paintings and old writings that were discovered by a team of Egyptian archaeologists were opened Saturday to reveal perfectly preserved mummies.Thirty sealed coffins were found by accident behind the Asasif Necropolis on the west bank of the Nile River, secretary-general for Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri told NBC News.
The archaeologists were leading an unrelated dig when someone noticed what seemed to be the faces of a coffin, Waziri explained. The coffins are estimated to be 3,000 years old and belonged to men, women, and two children, who were most likely ministers. On Saturday, archaeologists softly opened two of the coffins to uncover perfectly preserved mummies: one man and one woman wrapped in cloth. One of the mummies had a piece of skull visible.
The gender of the mummies can be distinguished by the shape of their hands. Waziri said women were buried with their hands open, while men’s hands were closed. The coffins were well kept because they were hidden so well from tomb raiders, according to Waziri.
The 20 coffins that were found will be displayed in the Grand Egyptian Museum set to open in Giza next year.