Ancient tomb containing 6 mummies unearthed in new valley
Egypt, Local, 11/1/2004
The French archaeological mission operating in the Al-Deir area in the Kharga oasis unearthed a Ptolemaic-era tomb containing six complete mummies and two limestone sarcophagi.
A source from the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) Saturday said that large parts of a funerary bed emblazoned with numerous painted shapes with palm-fibre rug beside it were found for the first time inside this discovered tomb.
The six mummies include a 155-CM-long elderly man, he said adding examinations on the mummy showed a diseased pelvis and decayed teeth with arms closed to the chest in god Osiris fashion.
Another mummy is of decapitated four-year-old and six-year- old boys. Another mummy is of a decapitated 137-centimeters-long girl with six toes in each foot and another of an aged woman measuring 150 centimeters long.
Meanwhile, SCA Secretary General Zahi Hawas delivered a series of lectures in the Italian capital Rome on recent archaeological finds at the Great pyramid with a host of archaeologists from Italian universities and Egyptomaniacs attending.
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