Tue, 02 Feb 2021 - 03:14 GMT
The mummy with the golden tongue discovered in West Alexandria - Min. of Tourism & Antiquities
CAIRO – 2 February 2021: Live Science website shed light on a discovery in the ancient Egyptian site of Taposiris Magna, west of Alexandria. Sixteen graves were found carved in rocks, one of which contained a mummy with a tongue made of gold.
The team speculates that after the person's tongue was removed during embalming, it was replaced so that the deceased could speak to Osiris in the afterlife.
Furthermore, burial corridors, dating back about 2,000 years, which were common in ancient Greek and Roman times, contained remains within a mountain or natural rock formation.
Inside the tombs there were a number of mummies, and although the remains have deteriorated, the stone funerary masks remain intact - allowing the team to see what each person once looked like.
The excavations led the team of the University of Santo Domingo, which has been working at the site for nearly a decade, to discover eariler several coins inside the temple of Taposiris Magna with the face of Queen Cleopatra VII engraved on them, which indicates that she ruled when these individuals were buried in their rock-cut tombs.
Also, the pieces of statues and the temple grounds reveal that King Ptolemy IV built this wonderful temple. Ptolemy IV ruled Egypt from 221 to 204 BC. It is believed that the Ptolemaic Dynasty declined because of his lavish lifestyle.