Using "Digital Unwrapping," 49 precious amulets were discovered inside a 2,300-year-old Egyptian mummy
The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said that 49 priceless amulets, some of which were made of gold, were found on and inside a 2,300-year-old mummy by Egyptian experts who used computerized tomography scans to digitally unwrap the bones without harming them.
The completely wrapped corpse was discovered in Edfu city, Aswan province, in 1916 and has been kept in Cairo's Egyptian Museum ever since, according to a Ministry statement, which was carried by Xinhua news agency on Tuesday. The 15-year-old boy was buried in a late Ptolemaic cemetery around approximately 300 BC.
Nearly a century after it was found, in 2015, the investigation process began. According to findings published in the academic journal Frontiers in Medicine, the researchers at Cairo University performed non-invasive "digital unwrapping" using CT scanning that revealed a well-preserved mummy. The findings of the scans revealed a high-quality mummification procedure that included the removal of the brain and viscera but left the heart in the chest as a spiritual emblem.
According to the statement, 30 of the 49 amulets found were made of gold, with the other amulets being made of faience, stones, or burnt clay. According to one of the researchers, Sahar Selim, all of these amulets were exquisitely stylized in a special arrangement that symbolized the might of many Egyptian gods and afterlife beliefs.
The placenta, the knot of Isis, the eye of Horus, the scarab, and other symbols were among the amulets, according to Selim. Inside the mummy's mouth, a two-finger amulet was discovered next to its uncircumcised penis, and a golden heart scarab was discovered inside its thoracic cavity.
According to ancient beliefs, the golden tongue and heart were inserted into the mouths of the deceased to enable communication in the afterlife, according to Egyptologist Ahmed Amer. According to the statement, the amulets that were put on and within the corpse showed that the youngster had a good socioeconomic standing. His torso was covered with ferns, and white sandals had been put on his feet.
The departed had to put on a pair of white sandals in order to be devout and pure before reading a line from the Book of the Dead, a rite used by the ancient Egyptians. The Egyptian Museum has chosen to exhibit the mummy inside of its main hall under the name "Golden child" in light of the recent discoveries.