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Found near a monastery in the village of Qalamshah located in the the city of New Fayoum in Egypt, about 80km from the country's capital, Cairo. It is believed to be from the Greco-Roman period of Egypt when they were controlled by the Roman and Byzantine Empire.

The mummy was found with a head-covering mask constructed of layers of hardened papyrus and depicts a sky god, and paintings over the chest area feature the goddess of health. Images of area wildlife also cover the feet.

Mummification

The mummy was well-preserved and wrapped in linen, with its face covered by a human mask with drawings in blue and gold. Although the practice of mummification is mostly associated with ancient Egypt, this practice continued into the Greco-Roman era. The cover of the coffin was broken and the base had several cracks, and it also did not have an inscription on it.

Studies

A Russian archaeological team has been operating in the Deir al-Banat region for seven years. In 2014, scientists from the archaeological team excavated 1,700 mummies from Fag el-Gamous in the Fayoum region of Egypt. Those leading the work also believe that there could be up to a million similar bodies buried in shafts cut into the limestone rock that are at times up to 22.9 metres deep.

Additional

Unlike many famous mummified remains discovered in Egypt, the mummies found near Fag el-Gamous were found in mass graves and appear to be ordinary citizens rather than royalty or other important figures. They have also discovered that the mummies appear to be grouped together based on hair colour, with those with blond hair in one area and all of those with red hair in another. Furthermore, unlike royal Egyptian mummies, the people buried in Fag el-Gamous had few goods buried with them and were laid in the ground without coffins.

External Links

  1. http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2017/11/14/Archaeologists-find-Greco-Roman-mummy-in-Egypt.html
  2. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5081579/Archaeologists-Greco-Roman-mummy-Egypt.html
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