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Mummy Discovered in Egypt’s Faiyum Oasis

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Egypt mummy Faiyum2CAIRO, EGYPT—Ahram Online reports that a mummy has been discovered at the Deir Al-Banat archaeological site in the Faiyum Oasis by a joint Russian-Egyptian team of researchers. Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the mummy is well preserved, although the Greco-Roman period, wooden sarcophagus in which it was found is cracked and in poor condition. The linen-wrapped mummy wears a blue and gold cartonnage mask decorated with images of Kabir, the sky god. An image of the goddess Isis adorns the mummy’s chest area. To read about another recent discovery in Egypt, go to “In the Time of the Rosetta Stone.”

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