Ancient Mummies Found in Egypt with Golden Tongues

Archaeologists excavating at Qwaisana Archaeological Compound in Egypt have unearthed numerous ancient mummies, and some of them had golden tongues!

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities recently announced the new discoveries in a Facebook post . Dr Mustafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council for Archaeology, said that while the mummies are in “a poor state of preservation” some of them were covered with thin sheets of gold and placed in wooden coffins, while others were glazed with “gold on the bone”.

Some of the mummies were buried with golden cockroaches and tiny gold lotus flowers, and the stone mortars and the pottery used in the embalming process were found alongside the coffins. But what most interested the researchers were the mummies that had their natural tongues removed and replaced with golden versions.

One of the golden tongues found during the excavation. (Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities)

One of the golden tongues found during the excavation. (Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities )

Bringing Myths into The Real World

The new discoveries were made in an extension of the Qwaisana Archeological Compound. In 2021 Ancient Origins covered the discovery of two 26th Dynasty (2,500-year-old) mummies with golden tongues that were excavated at El-Bahnasa (Oxyrhynchus) about 160 km (99.4 mi) south-southwest of Cairo.

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