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

The mummy with the golden tongue discovered in West Alexandria- Min. of Tourism & Antiquities

The god was also pictured in gilded decorations on the cartonnage - a material made of layers of plaster, linen and glue - that was partially encasing one of the mummies, lead archaeologist Kathleen Martinez of the University of Santo Domingo was cited by the antiquities ministry as saying. One such fascinating new mummy discovered was buried with a tongue of gold.

Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed more than a dozen 2000-year-old mummies, including some with gold tongues in their mouths, according to the country's ministry of tourism and antiquities. The mummy was unearthed at Taposiris Magna, the ancient city's name translates to "Great Tomb of Osiris".

Dr. Khaled Abo El Hamd, the Director-General of The Alexandria Antiquities, said in a statement that 'during this season the mission discovered a number of archaeological discoveries, the most important of which is a funeral mask for a woman, eight golden flakes representing the leaves of a golden wreath, and eight masks of marble dating back to the Greek and Roman eras'.

The team led by Dr. Kathleen Martinez surmise that the person's tongue may have been removed during embalming while replacing it with a golden tongue so that the deceased could talk to Osiris - The god of the dead - in their afterlife.

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"I believe now that Cleopatra was buried in her tomb that she built next to her palace and it is under the water", Hawass told Live Science. Their line famously ended with Cleopatra VII in 30 BCE, leading to Roman occupation and rule.

Two of the mummies were found with the remains of scrolls, which scholars are now analyzing and deciphering. One of the mummies was wearing a death mask, covering nearly all of her body.

One mummy's cartonnage depicted Osiris, while the other is decorated with a crown of horns, a cobra snake on its forehead, and a falcon-head necklace, which symbolizes Horus, the Egyptian sun god.

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

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