Golden Tongue
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Sex m
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) 332 BC to AD 640
Current Location
Location Cairo Museum
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In January of 2021 a joint Egyptian-Dominican archeological dig in the Taposiris Magna Temple discovered 16 mummies in rock cut tombs in western Alexandria, one of them with an ornate golden tongue.

Experts aren’t clear why this mummy’s tongue was made out of gold, but Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said in a statement, that one of the poorly preserved mummies possessed a skull with “amulets of gold foil in the form of a tongue [which was] placed in the mouth of the mummy in a special ritual to ensure their ability to speak in the afterlife before the Osirian court.”

Archaeologists estimate that the unnamed person either lived during the reign of Ptolemy between 340 B.C. to 30 B.C. or the Roman Empire. They also found what appeared to be statues depicting the people buried in the tomb. These are so well preserved that the individual’s hairstyles and headdresses are still discernible.

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