RELEASE - JANUARY 2008
Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary
General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), announced that a
Russian-American archaeological mission has discovered a group of
well-preserved Graeco-Roman mummies covered in cartonnage, during their
routine excavation work at the Deir el-Banat necropolis in Faiyum.
Hawass added that the mission uncovered three coffins decorated with
religious texts from the Book of the Dead. A mummy in a bad state of
preservation was found in one of these coffins with her face covered by a
gilded mask. Bracelets, jewelry, and forty textile fragments decorated
with an anchor crossed with key signs were also unearthed.
Galina Belova, the director of the Russian mission, asserted that a facial
reconstruction will be done on the female mummy next season. She also
explained that the restoration of ceramic and faience vessels excavated
during previous seasons has been completed.
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