Ancient Egypt

3,200-year-old mummy discovered in Egyptian tomb

Image copyright Thutmosis III Tempel Project. (Courtesy of Dr. Myriam Seco Álvarez)

Image copyright Thutmosis III Tempel Project. (Courtesy of Dr. Myriam Seco Álvarez)

Archaeologists have found the well-preserved body of a 3,200-year-old nobleman inside this brightly painted sarcophagus, according to officials announcing the artifact’s discovery on Sunday.

The wooden sarcophagus — carved into a distinctive Egyptian figure with black hair and heavy eye-liner — was found buried near a temple from the era of fourth-millennium warrior king Thutmose III, near the town of Luxor, on the Nile River’s west bank.

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The ancient mummy — believed to be the body of a man named Amenrenef, “a servant of a royal household,” according to Egypt’s Ministry of State of Antiquities — was preserved with linen and plaster and adorned with colorful decorations and religious symbols.

Archaeologists discovered the remains a few years earlier in a tomb dating from between 1075 BC and 664 BC, but scientists wanted to evaluate the find before making a public announcement.

Read the full story at the New York Post.