The Mummies of Gebel el Silsila
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) The Mummies of Gebel el Silsila
Age 3600 years
Sex Both male and female
Status Deceased
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) 18th Dynasty (1500 BCE – 1292 BCE)
Current Location
Location Gebel el Silsila, Egypt
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Twelve tombs were found in Gebel el Silsila, Egypt by a team of British and Swedish archeologists, who discovered what they believe to be family entombments, with bodies of different ages found in the same chambers.


The mummies were found wrapped in linens. Their bodies revealed expanded muscle attachments as well as fractures in bones, suggesting that these individuals once lived in a labour-intensive environment. Archeologists also found some gifts or offerings at the burial site, which included necklaces, amulets, worked flint, ceramic vases, and coloured pebbles.


The archeological team found a number of rock-cut tombs, with some including large amounts of goat or sheep remains along with the human mummies, which were assumably sacrifices. Crocodile remains were also found at the burial site amongst everything else. The reason why these remains were there is uncertain, however, it is believed that they washed up there, or buried unintentionally in some way.


As of now, researchers are unsure as to why these individuals died, as according to conditions of their burials sites they came from high-class families and could afford medicine if their death is due to disease.


At the time these individuals were alive, it would have been the same period of Thutmose III and Amenhotep II.

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