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Latest update : 2009-02-11

A team of Egyptian archaeologists have found one "completely preserved mummy in the most beautiful condition" and dating back to 4,300 BC. The mummy was discovered, among thirty others, in the Saqqara necropolis, 30 km from Cairo.

AFP - Egyptian archaeologists unsealed on Wednesday an extremely well preserved mummy in a limestone sarcophagus in the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo, the Supreme Council of Antiquities said.

The sarcophagus, from the 26th dynasty, was in a burial chamber that contained 30 mummies from various periods.

The burial site was revealed on Monday next to the tomb of an Old Kingdom priest called Sennejem.

Antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said the mummy, described as a "completely preserved mummy in the most beautiful condition," could contain up to 100 gold amulets used to protect the dead in the afterlife.

The team also discovered the mummy of a dog thought to have been preserved at the request of one of the dead so it could accompany him in the afterlife.

Hawass said that 70 percent of the relics at Saqqara have yet to be unearthed.

Date created : 2009-02-11

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