Archaeologists discover gold-plated mummies

Archaeologists discover gold-plated mummies

GIZA: Archaeologists discovered a mummy covered in gold leaf in a stone coffin that had not been opened for 4,300 years.

The mummy of a man named Hekashepes is considered to be one of the oldest and most complete non-royal bodies ever found in Egypt.

It was found under 15 meters in a cemetery south of Cairo, Saqqara with three other graves also found.

One of them is said to belong to a man named Khnumdjedef who was a priest, inspector and overseer of nobility.

While the other belongs to a man named Meri who is also a senior palace official with the title of Secret Keeper.

Another mummy reportedly named Fetek is believed to be buried in another tomb with a collection of statues believed to be the largest ever found in the area.

Some other items including pottery were also found in the same area.

Saqqara is a cemetery with an age expected to exceed 3,000 years and is a UNESCO world heritage site.

It is located in the ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis and houses more than a dozen pyramids including the Step Pyramid.

Thursday’s discovery comes a day after experts in the city of Luxor discovered a complete Roman-era residential city, dating back to the second and third centuries.

Egypt has unveiled many major archaeological discoveries in recent years as part of efforts to revive its tourism industry.

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