2000-year-old mummy with a gold tongue unearthed in Egypt

2000-year-old mummy with a gold tongue unearthed in Egypt

Archaeologists have found a 2,000-year-old mummy with a gold tongue at an ancient Egyptian site called Taposiris Magna.

An Egyptian-Dominican team working at Alexandria's Taposiris Magna temple discovered 16 burials in rock-cut tombs popular in the Greek and Roman eras.

It is thought the dead were given gold foil amulets shaped like tongues so that they could speak before the court of the god Osiris in the afterlife.

Mummification in ancient Egypt wasn't a regular burial.

The other 15 burials also date back around 2,000 years and contain remarkable treasure. The temple where scholars uncovered the golden-tongued mummy was among the religious sites honoring the god of the underworld.

The type of rock-cut tombs, or burial shafts, discovered were typical from Egypt's Greco-Roman era which commenced from 332 BC.

Depiction of deceased man with detailed hairstyle
Depiction of deceased man with detailed hairstyle

The two mummies were also entombed with partial scrolls, which are now being deciphered.

This isn't the first time the Taposiris Magna Temple, or the "great temple of Osiris", has excited archaeologists. It is believed she helped the deceased in the afterlife.

Other highlights of the most recent excavation include a woman's almost full-body funeral mask, statues portraying people interred at the site, and eight marble masks dated to the Greek and Roman eras, per the statement. The plastered outer layer, or cartonnage, of one mummy, was covered in golden decorations of Osiris.

Dr. Khaled Abo El Hamd, Director General of the antiquities authority in Alexandria, is quoted in the release that this dig had found several other archeological discoveries, including a woman's funeral mask with golden decoration meant to represent the leaves of a wreath, and eight marble masks depicting the features of their owner - all of which show considerable craftsmanship.

Actress Elizabeth Taylor depicts the Egyptian queen Cleopatra in a 1963 20th Century Fox film of the same name. According to Live Science, it isn't clear when these individuals died exactly.

Archaeologists found Cleopatra's palace more than four decades ago, 20 feet under the waves of Alexandria's eastern harbor.

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