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Sunday, May 08, 2005

Archeologists uncover 2,300-year-old prize buried in sand.

SAQQARA, Egypt -- A superbly preserved 2,300-year-old mummy bearing a golden mask and covered in brilliantly colored images of gods was unveiled Tuesday at Egypt's Saqqara Pyramids.

The unidentified mummy, from the 30th pharaonic dynasty, was enclosed in a wooden sarcophagus and buried in sand at the bottom of a 20 foot shaft, where it was discovered recently by an Egyptian led archeological team.

"We have revealed what maybe the most beautiful mummy ever found in Egypt", said Zahi Hawass, chief of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Hawass said experts will use CT scan to reveal details about the ancient Egypian's identity and how he lived and died. The mummy will be displayed at Saqqara's museum of Imhotep, the famed architect who designed the Stepped Pyramid -- Egypt's oldest.

The mummy, found two months ago, was covered from head to toe in burial cloth painted in colors that depicted a range of scenes, including the goddess Maat of balance and truth shown with outstretched arms in the shape of feathered wings.

'Stunning colors'

Also shown were the four children of the falcon headed god Horus and the rituals and processes to mummify the person, who Hawass believes must have been wealthy, considering his burial location and the fine gold used for the mummy's mask.

"The artists who made the mummy more than 2,000 years ago demonstrated the brilliance of the ancient Egyptians by using stunning colors and depicting his face so graphically," Hawass said.

The mummy was buried within the necroplis of King Teti, a funerary chambers, false doors that ancinet Egyptians said the souls of the dead would use to leave their tombs, and temples.

The necropolis lies alongside the collapsed pyramid of Teti, who ruled during ancient Egypt's 6th dynasty, more than 4,300 years ago.

(from the Associated Press by: Paul Garwood)
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