Experts unveil 'most beautiful mummy'
Updated: 2005-05-05 10:20
CAIRO - Egyptian archaeological
experts have unveiled what they described as the most beautiful mummy ever
Zahi Hawass, chief of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, checks
a brilliantly colored mummy dating back more than 2,300 years Tuesday May 3,
2005, at Egypt's Saqqara Pyramids complex south of Cairo. The unidentified mummy, from the
30th pharaonic dynasty, had been buried by sand in
a 6 meter (20 feet) shaft. Hawass, said the mummy will undergo CT scanning before being put
on display at a Saqqara
The mummy dates to
the 30th dynasty (378-341 BC) and was discovered almost intact during
excavations around the pyramids in Saqqara,
Zahi Hawass, secretary
general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said Wednesday.
Experts still have
to identify the beautifully decorated mummy, with a golden mask, that was found
buried in a shaft in the ground.
It was adorned with
multiple colours and graphic scenes depicting ancient
Egyptian rituals and life.
One such scene
depicted the god Anubis preparing the dead for
burial. Below there was a painting of the god Horus
sitting in front of an altar and another of Horus'
There is also a
painting of a sun disc above Horus, and Ma'at, goddess of truth, right and order, is shown with her
Experts hope to use
CT scanning technology to learn more about the mummy.
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 on May 3 2005. 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. Photo by Reuters
Reports/Reuters A mummy discovered near Egypt's
is hailed as as the most finely decorated ever