Monday, June 15, 2009

The oldest mummies

Archaeologist’s digging out a 5 000-year-old burial site exterior Cairo has opened a tomb containing the little of the earliest evidence of mummification. They say hat this is the oldest mummies ever found.

Archaeologists opened a number of unbroken wooden coffins found in a previously ignored committal shaft in the Sakkara area, about 25km south of Cairo. One of the skeletons, lying in the fetal position and facing east, had linen wrapped around parts of the body.

Burial place opened in past backed up that dating. It enclosed with the body of 35-year-old women with proof of blood around her. X-rays exposed that she had a broken skull, and sign that she might have been assassinated for a sacrifice.

The partially mummified skeleton will be X-rayed and studied to resolve its sexual characteristics and age at death. Each and every one wooden coffer would also be inspected closely and treated with natural substances to help protect its condition.
As the area is only partly cleared, it is not well-known yet how large it is or how many tombs it contains.