During excavations in northern Egypt, archaeologists found a mummy with a golden tongue. The discovery is believed to be 2,000 years old, reports the Daily News Egypt.
As the newspaper notes, the mummy was among the 16 poorly preserved tombs in the temple of Taposiris Magna to the west of Alexandria. The find is evidence of an Egyptian burial rite common during the Greco-Roman period of the country’s history. According to scientists, a gold foil tongue was given to the mummy during a ritual so that the deceased person could speak to Osiris, the god of the underworld.
In addition, a team of scientists found two mummies wrapped in a gilded shell made of plastered layers of papyrus or linen, Smithsonian Magazine writes. One of these two mummies also had a crown decorated with horns and a cobra on its forehead.
Previously, Australian scientists have established that an ancient Egyptian mummy from the 20th dynasty of the pharaohs, which was found in the 19th century, was encased in a mud cocoon. Until now, such a practice has not been described in the scientific literature, and it is not known exactly how widespread it was.