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Female mummy wearing heavy jewelry unearthed in Egypt

Spanish archaeologists have discovered about 4,000 years old female mummy wearing rare jewellery, belonging to higher social class, in Egypt.

The mummy, dating back to the Middle Kingdom (2137-1781 BC), was discovered in the necropolis (cemetery) below the temple of Pharaoh Thutmosis III, Discovery News reported.

As the archaeologists were cleaning and restoring several tombs in the necropolis that had been looted earlier, they found that in one of the chambers, part of the roof had already collapsed before the robbers could check in.

After removing the stones, the team led by Egyptologist Myriam Seco, director of the Thutmosis III Temple Project, found a wooden sarcophagus and an utterly destroyed female mummy.

In her 30s, the lady belonged to the higher social class and was buried with a necklace of stones, a golden pendant weighing over 20 grams and gold plates.

“Furthermore, she wore two golden bangles on her arms, each formed by two pieces of twisted wire connected to each other and silver bracelets on both ankles,” Seco added.

“The findings confirm that wealthy and important individuals of the Middle Kingdom and their families were buried there,” Seco said.

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