A 4,300-year-old mummy has been found in Egypt. Exciting work for archaeologists...
A 4,300-year-old mummy was found during excavations in the ancient Saqqara region of Egypt. The identity of the mummy surprised everyone.
Egyptian archaeologist and Minister of Antiquities Zahi Havas said, “The mummy found belongs to a man. Her name is Heka Shibs. This coffin has never been opened for 4300 years. This is the oldest mummy we've found outside of royal mummies."
Zahi Havaş said that the statues were made of limestone and they could not identify who they belonged to because there was no engraving on them.
Havaş stated that the artifacts found belonged to the 5th Pharaoh Dynasty (between 2487 and 2449 BC) and the 6th Pharaoh Dynasty (between 2345 and 1821 BC).
The mummy was found under a 15-metre column in the Saqqara Necropolis, south of the capital, Cairo. Three more graves were found in the area. Many other items were also found among the burials, including a large number of pottery.
It is stated that the largest of the mummies unearthed in the necropolis belonged to a person named Khnumdjedef, who was a priest, inspector and also the adviser of the nobles.