Russian archaeologists have discovered an unusual burial in Egypt
Burial combines elements of ancient Egyptian and Roman burial rites.
15 APR 2019 13:04
The discovery was made by Russian archeologists from the egyptologic research centre of RAS with the support of Rosoboronexport, reported on the website of the Rostec. The burial was discovered at the necropolis, located on the shore of lake Qarun in the Fayum oasis.
In the grave were buried wealthy middle-aged man. The deceased laid on the mattress and pillows, from tapestry richly decorated panels. He was wearing several tunics and covered with a luxurious embroidered blanket. After a few thousand years, his body has a high degree of safety.
The head of the dead towered over the body – this effect was achieved due to the special structure of the stems of date-palms, carefully wrapped in burial cloths. At the foot of the fabric formed a neat little square. Braid, laid in a certain order, imitated the weave, which the ancient Egyptians used for fixing used for paperboard mummies.
A further examination of the mummy will help to clarify the date of her burial (presumably, this occurred in the Roman period of Egyptian history) and reveal other mysteries of her life and burial.
The study of the necropolis on the banks of the Kharun is from 2003. According to head of the research unit of the egyptologic research Centre of RAS Galina Belova, during this time, the archaeologists managed to unearth over 400 graves. The study of ancient tombs is of great importance for understanding the life and culture of the ancient inhabitants, who inhabited this oasis since the reign of the Ptolemies to the early middle ages.