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Mummies with gold tongues uncovered in Lower Egypt

A new archaeological discovery in the ancient cemetery of Quesna in Menoufia governorate raises questions about the reasons for using gold foil in the mummification process, as well as the reuse of tombs in different eras.
This handout photo released by Egypt's official news agency MENA shows an Egyptian archaeological team opening the solid gold sarcophagus of Pharaoh Tutankhamun to run the mummy under the computer tomography scanner, Luxor, Egypt, Jan. 5, 2005.

CAIRO — Egyptian archaeologists have recently discovered an extension of the archaeological cemetery in the ancient Quesna necropolis in Menoufia governorate, 45 miles north of Cairo, which contains several archaeological tombs where ancient mummies with golden tongues were found.

In a Facebook statement Nov. 24, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said the discovery was made by the archaeological mission of the Supreme Council of Antiquities working in the Quesna necropolis. 

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