3,800-year-old mummy may be most important ever discovered
As far as mummies go, we all know the big names like Ramesses, Hatshepsut and, of course, King Tut.
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But archeologists have just discovered a lucky lady who was arguably the most important woman during the Middle Kingdom of Egypt.
At the necropolis of Qubbet el-Hawa, an ancient city near the modern-day city of Aswan, authorities from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced the discovery of Lady Sattjeni.
Her remains are 3,800 years old and were first discovered by Spanish archeologists from the University of Jaén in Spain.
"The body was originally wrapped in linen and deposited in two wooden coffins made of Lebanon cedar," reports Nasr Salama, the general director of Aswan.
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The wood is in such good condition that Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities should be able to find out the year in which the wood was cut.
What makes Lady Sattjeni so remarkable is that she outlived all the male members of her family, which put her in the position of holding all the dynastic rights to rule her family's city-island of Elephantine.
This discovery will help archeologists piece together the genealogy of the Elephantine rule, as much is still unknown about its leaders.
Finally, a mummy story that ends in hope, not a curse.
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