Archaeologists have found the mummy of a palace priest in an underground
tomb in Egypt.
The remains, which were recovered from a sarcophagus, have lain
undisturbed for more than 2,400 years.
The mummy was found in what is one of only three tombs from the time of
the Pharaohs to be unearthed intact in the modern era. The discovery was
made inside a shaft extending about 28 metres (92 feet) into the ground.
The tomb in Abu Sir, twelve miles (twenty km) south of Cairo, is
believed to date from between 525 BC and 404 BC.
Dignitaries and journalists gathered on Friday to see the lid lifted off
the limestone sarcophagus with a hoist.
That revealed a smaller basalt sarcophagus, which contained a decayed
The mummy was wrapped in decayed, brown rags. Facial features could be
seen, including what appeared to be a grimace.
Faruq Hosni, the Egyptian Minister for Culture, said that according to
inscriptions found in the tomb, the casket contained the mummified remains
of Iuf-Aa - "a priest with administrative responsibilities" and "the head of
the royal court".