, author: Ermakova M.

Ancient 'golden' mummy found in Egypt

The find is over 4,000 years old.

Archaeologists may have found one of the oldest and "well-preserved" mummies in Egypt during recent excavations at Saqqara, 32 kilometers from Cairo.

The burial was located in the lower part of a 15-meter shaft in the form of a rectangular limestone sarcophagus. The body of the deceased was covered in gold leaf and belonged to a man named Heka-shepes. This was told by the head of the research team, the former Minister of Antiquities of Egypt, Dr. Zahi Hawass.

“The sarcophagus was sealed with mortar and preserved as it was left by the ancient Egyptians 4,300 years ago. This mummy may be the oldest and best preserved to date,” the former official said on social media. The discovery was made during the excavation of the "Tombs of the Old Kingdom".