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Discover Egypt's best preserved mummy

Egyptian archaeologists discovered the "best preserved mummy" found so far in a stone sarcophagus in the Saqara necropolis in southern Cairo in February 2009.

Saqara is a large necropolis of the ancient region of Menfis, where there are innumerable tombs and the first pharaonic pyramids.

According to the head of Egypt's senior council of antiquities, Zahi Hawass "she is completely preserved, in the best condition."

The head of Egypt's senior antiquities council Zahi Hawass cleans the mummy found in the Saqara region - Photo AFP

The sarcophagus was discovered in a grave dating from the time of the 6th dynasty of ancient Egypt (4,300 years before Christ) and contained 30 mummies, the text said.

The mummies were found west of King Djéser's step pyramid, the first of the Pharaonic era, Hawass said, indicating that the discovery was made 11 meters deep. Most of the mummies rest in five niches dug in the room, made of brick and where you can read the name of a priest, the Egyptologist said. One of the two access points to the room is from a more recent period, having been excavated during the XXVI Dynasty.

According to archaeologist Abdel Hakim Karar, it is not common to find intact chambers in necropolis such as Saqqara's. Much of the tombs of this era were looted by thieves and treasure hunters many years ago.

Zahi Hawass examines one of 30 mummies found in a tomb 11 meters deep - Photo AFP

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