Outside Cairo, Egypt was discovered the remains of two people who had their tongues replaced by gold foil plates.
These bodies were found in two separate graves and laid to rest in limestone arcophaguses dating back more than 2,500 years.
The man’s remains are well-preserved and his tomb, which was sealed, contains several artifacts including canopic jars, a scarab and funerary figurines made of faience.
The woman’s remains, however, are not in good condition and there are signs her tomb was opened by grave robbers.
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Surviving remains of a Cairo couple who were found with their tongues in gold foil have been discovered. The skulls were found with golden tongues.
The University of Barcelona made the discovery. It claims that the tombs are from the Saite period of Egypt’s 26th Dynasty.
These gold tongue plates can be found in many ancient Egyptian mummies.
These were put on the tongues des departed during the funeral in order to assure that Osiris, once again in the Other World, could hear them.
Osiris is believed to have the power over the underworld. He would then judge the spirits who died.
Pictured: The tomb of the deceased man has been left untouched ever since it was laid to rest thousands and years ago.
The woman’s remains, however, are not in good condition and there are signs her tomb was opened by grave robbers
The gold tongue is said to have permitted the dead to persuade Osiris that they were worthy of mercy.
Although archaeologists don’t know the identities of these two individuals, their tombs are located next to each other.
The man’s skull is still well preserved and the gold tongue was clearly seen peaking from the mouth.
The tomb containing all of his cremation treasures has remained untouched ever since it was laid to rest thousands years ago.
The archaeologists discovered 402 Ushabti figurines from faience., a set of small amulets and green beads with the man’s remains.
The man’s skull is still well preserved and the gold tongue was clearly seen peaking from the mouth
Archaeologists found 402 Ushabti figurines made of faience
An additional mummy that was discovered in February had also been buried with an encrusted tongue of gold.
Taposiris Magna is an archaeological site that was discovered ancient Egyptian burials.
Burial shafts date back to around 2,000 years ago and were very popular during the ancient Greek-Roman eras. They contained remains within a natural rock formation or mountain.
The man also discovered scarabs in his tomb.
The jars containing his organs were taken out of the tomb before they were buried.
The tombs contained a variety of mummies. While the remains have since been degraded, many stone funeral masks remain intact. This allows the team the opportunity to examine what each individual may have looked like.
University of Santo Domingo led the excavation, having been at the site almost a decade.
It was discovered that the skeleton with the golden tongue is well preserved, and its skull as well as most of its structure are still intact.
A second mummy was found in February with a gold tongue. Taposiris Magna, an ancient Egyptian site where archaeologists dig found 16 graves. One contained a mummy with a gold-plated tongue.
It was found in a rock-cut graveyard and was discovered by archaeologists.
It is believed that embalmers removed the tongue, while the gold tongue was placed in its place at a funeral ceremony.