Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Roman-Era Mummy Found In Egyptian Oasis

Egyptian archaeologists discovered an intricately carved plaster sarcophagus portraying a wide-eyed woman dressed in a tunic in a newly uncovered complex of tombs in the Bahariya Oasis some 186 miles (300 km) southwest of Cairo.

It is the first Roman-style mummy found in the remote desert oasis. The find was part of a cemetery dating back to the Greco-Roman period containing 14 tombs. The carved plaster sarcophagus is only 3 feet (1 m) long and shows a woman wearing a long tunic, a headscarf, bracelet and shoes, as well as a beaded necklace. Colored stones in the sarcophagus' eyes gave the appearance she is awake.

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