With A Golden Tongue…
In a rare first, Archaeologists have found a 2,000-year-old mummy with golden tongue in Egypt!
The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has confirmed the news, saying in a statement that some mummies have recently been unearthed during archaeological excavations in 16 burial shafts near a temple on the outskirts of Alexandria. According to the statement, the golden tongue was placed on a mummy so that it could speak with Osiris, the God of Dead, in the afterlife. An Archaeologist, who wished to remain anonymous, stated that the tongue might have been removed during embalming, and it was replaced later with a golden tongue so that the deceased could talk to the God.
The temple, where the excavation is going on, is situated near the Mediterranean coast. Devotees used to worship a God, called Taposiris Magna, at this temple. It is to be noted that Taposiris Magna is also a city established by Pharaoh Ptolemy II Philadelphus between 280 and 270 BCE. The name means Great Tomb of Osiris that Plutarch identifies with an Egyptian temple in the city.
Archaeologists have also discovered some items made of gold in the area where the mummies were buried. They, even, found a golden statue of Osiris, and a funeral mask, made of gold. Incidentally, the face, hands and feet of Pharaoh Tutankhamun were also being covered with gold mask and plates, respectively, during his funeral.
Jennifer Houser Wegner, the Curator of Egyptian Artefacts at Penn Museum in Philadelphia, stressed: “For the Egyptians, gold was a material that had qualities of everlastingness/that it would last forever. It never tarnished. It always shone brilliantly.”
Meanwhile, Kathleen Martinez, an Archaeologist from the University of Santo Domingo, is leading the expedition. Martinez has been researches in that particular area for years in hopes of finding the tomb of Mark Antony and Queen Cleopatra VII. So far, she has found a few coins depicting Cleopatra at the site that was built by one of her ancestors. However, the location of her tomb still remains unknown…
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