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Gebelein predynastic mummies

The Gebelein predynastic mummies are six naturally mummified bodies, dating to approximately 3400 BC from the Late Predynastic period of Egypt, and were the first complete pre-dynastic bodies to be discovered. The well-preserved bodies were excavated at the end of the nineteenth century by Wallis Budge, the British Museum Keeper for Egyptology, from shallow sand graves near Gebelein (modern name Naga el-Gherira) in the Egyptian desert.
Budge excavated all the bodies from the same grave site. Two were identified as male and one as female, with the others being of undetermined gender. The bodies were given to the British Museum in 1900. Some grave-goods were documented at the time of excavation as "pots and flints", however they were not passed on to the British Museum and their whereabouts remain unknown. Three of the bodies were found with coverings of different types (reed matting, palm fibre and an animal skin), which still remain with the bodies. The bodies …

King Djer’s Tomb

Tomb at abydos (called tomb o) arrests 300 accessory burials, scarce weest of Aha; made of brick 70 x 40 meters. Discovered by Emile Amelineau in 1895 with a 5 year abbreviate for archaeological site. He was a hapless archaeologist – credibly he got the abbreviate because he was friends with the conductor of the Egyptian ancientnesses Service in Cairo – and discovered the “Tomb of Osiris” in Umm El Gaab, an region simply loaded with artifacts. He completely cleared the tomb between January 1 and January 12th, flinging whole piles of art artifacts and continuing only accomplished aims. Most matters were merely discounted if the experienced them of no appraise.

He base a basalt statue on a bier (alike to the funerary cast of King Tut) in the tomb, and a skull in one chamber. He decided (quite arbitrarily, based on the staircase) that this was the tomb of Osiris himself, and the skull was that of the deity – or, in his aspect, a real historical anatomy. The skull was late…


A mummy is a corpse whose skin and organs have been preserved by either intentional or incidental exposure to chemicals, extreme coldness (ice mummies), very low humidity, or lack of air when bodies are submerged in bogs. Presently, the oldest discovered (naturally) mummified human corpse was a decapitated head dated as 6,000 years old and was found in 1936. The most famous Egyptian mummies are those of Seti I and Rameses II (13th century BC), though the earliest known Egyptian mummy, nicknamed 'Ginger' for its hair color, dates back to approximately 3300 BC.
Mummies of humans and other animals have been found throughout the world, both as a result of natural preservation through unusual conditions, and as cultural artifacts to preserve the dead. There are more than 1000 mummies in dry Xinjiang China. Over one million animal mummies have been found in Egypt, many of which are cats. There are so called mummies of mythical beings.
Mummia or Mumia, is a kind of pow…