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Pre-dynastic tomb uncovered in Egypt's Edfu

Tomb held an unidentified mummy and an ivory statuette, a find that Egypt's antiquities minister says should help shed light on the pre-dynastic era

Nevine El-Aref , Tuesday 6 May 2014
Al kom Al-Ahmar area
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A British-Egyptian archaeological mission working in the Al-Kom Al-Ahmar area of the Upper Egyptian town of Edfu has discovered a pre-dynastic royal tomb of an unidentified king, the antiquities ministry reported.

The unearthed tomb contains the deceased mummy and an ivory statuette depicting a man with a barb, said Ali El-Asfar, head of the ministry's ancient Egyptian antiquities section.

El-Asfar described the statuette as unique and likely featuring the tomb's owner or a protective deity from the time period.

He also said that early studies carried out on the mummy suggest that the deceased died young, when he was around 17 to 20 years old.

"It is a very important discovery," said Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, adding that it would add more to Egypt's history as well as reveal more of the customs, religious beliefs and funerary rituals of people before the pre-dynastic era.

 

 

 

 

 

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Stefan Müller
08-05-2014 01:05pm
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The mummy
Related to the mummy, it comes to mind that the Naqada IIA/B part of the worker's cemetery HK43 contained some partly(?) mummified corpses - perhaps a preliminary stage of the later mummification. According to the above record the newly found mummy could have been made roughly at the same time like some corpses of HK43. So I ask me if this one is the earliest real mummy so far excavated...
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