The discovery of a mummy found in a tomb at a point near Sakara, south of Cairo, aroused scientists. If this is truly an Old Kingdom mummy, all books on mummification and Old Kingdom history will have to be reviewed.
A discovery was made in Cairo, the capital of Egypt, which is very closely related to the scientific world. The mummy, which is estimated to be 4,000 years old and unearthed in a tomb with the inscription “Pharaoh’s only friend” near Sakara in the south of the city, will be rewritten in books on the history of the kingdom and mummification from the Old Kingdom.
The remains, which were determined to belong to a high-ranking nobleman named Khuwy, were actually found in 2019. It was understood that the body, which managed to survive by mummification, is one of the oldest Egyptian mummies ever discovered and made with complex techniques.
The remains were unearthed in a tomb with the inscription “Pharaoh’s only friend” near Saqqara, south of Cairo, and dated to about 4,400 years ago, during the so-called Old Kingdom of Egypt.
“If this is truly an Old Kingdom mummy, all books on mummification and Old Kingdom history will need to be reviewed,” said Professor Selime Ikram, from the American University in Cairo.
Mummy experts thought that in the Old Kingdom this process was very simple and not always successfully completed. For example, there was a view that the brain was not removed and only occasional internal organs were removed. “Indeed, the appearance of the deceased was more important than the appearance of the deceased,” he said.
In addition, the use of resins is much more limited in the Old Kingdom mummies that have been recorded so far. This mummy, on the other hand, gives the impression of completely different embalming made with resins and textile products. Actually, it looks more like a mummy found a thousand years later.
The discovery will also be covered in National Geographic’s documentary series Lost Treasures of Egypt, which will begin on November 7. The discovery will take place on November 28 in episode 4, called Rise of the Mummies.