2000-year-old mummy with a gold tongue unearthed in Egypt

Remains of ancient Egyptian mummy with golden tongue placed inside its mouth found at Alexandria's Taposiris Magna temple

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The mummies were poorly preserved but photographs released by the ministry showed a tongue-shaped piece of gold placed in the jaw of one skeleton.

According to Live Science, a team of archaeologists from Egypt and the University of Santo Domingo, led by Kathleen Martinez from the Dominican Republic, found the mummy at one of the 16 burial sites at Taposiris Magna, a compound that features temples dedicated to Osiris - the ancient Egyptian god of the afterlife - and Isis, the ancient Egyptian goddess who was both a sister and a wife to him.

For instance, if the golden-tongued mummy encountered Osiris, the god of the underworld, in the afterlife, they would have needed to be able to speak to the god, the statement said.

Meanwhile, the ministry also claimed there was no explanation why the tongue was made out of gold specifically, or if the deceased could not speak properly in real life and thus this aid was added as an extra measure.

Previously, the team had unearthed several coins etched with the face of Queen Cleopatra VII inside the Temple of Taposiris Magna, which hints that she ruled when numerous individuals were laid to rest in their rock-cut tombs.

Female mummy whose death mask covered much of her body.

The remains of a cartonnage that encased a female mummy found in the tombs at Alexandria's Taposiris Magna temple

The 16 burials date back some 2,000 years to the Greek and Roman eras. One of the mummies was wearing a death mask, covering nearly all of her body.

Kathleen Martinez, the lawyer and archaeologist who founded the mission, stated that among the most important of these mummies were two that preserved the remains of scrolls and parts of the sarcophagi.

There were many statues around the burial site which the researchers believe are of the people buried there.

Depiction of deceased man, with detailed hairstyle. After the death of Cleopatra VII in 30 B.C, the Romans had taken over the rule of Egypt.

The excavations led the team of the University of Santo Domingo, which has been working at the site for almost a decade, to discover eariler several coins inside the temple of Taposiris Magna with the face of Queen Cleopatra VII engraved on them, which indicates that she ruled when these individuals were buried in their rock-cut tombs. Read the original article here.

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