Egypt teams find 'beautiful' mummy


CAIRO: Archaeologists discovered what could be the most finely decorated mummy ever found in Egypt, Zahi Hawass, the head of Egypt's Supreme Council for Antiquities said yesterday. An Egyptian archaeological team led by Hawass, digging near the Saqqara pyramids, found the mummy, which dates back to the 30th Dynasty (380-343 BC), last week.

"The sand revealed maybe the most beautiful mummy ever found in Egypt," Hawass said at the site, 25km south of Cairo. "The mummy is so beautiful... The ancient Egyptians drew maybe the most beautiful scenes I have ever seen in my life on a mummy."

The 30th Dynasty was followed by Persian rulers who occupied the country for about 15 years before the Macedonian conqueror Alexander the Great took control.