Sunday, January 4, 2015


After 30 years of excavating a 300-acre Roman Era cemetery in Egypt, a team from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, U.S., has uncovered 1,700 of the million mummies it is estimated to contain. The inhabitants were not of high status and most mummified naturally and were buried without grave goods. Still, there are surprises and indications that families laid their loved ones out with care. Project Director Kerry Muhlestein and the other archaeologists found a man over 7' (2.1 m) tall, and describe the mummy of a child wrapped in a tunic wearing a necklace and 2 bracelets on each arm: "There was some evidence that they tried much of the full mummification process. The toes and toenails and brain and tongue were amazingly preserved."

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