Could they interact with the gods?
Archaeologists have discovered a 2,000-year-old mummy with a gold tongue at an ancient Egyptian site named Taposiris Magna.
Probably, embalmers may have placed the golden tongue on the mummy to ensure that the deceased could converse in the afterlife, according to a statement from the Egyptian antiquities ministry released on Jan 29.
For example, if the golden-tongued mummy encountered Osiris, the god of the underworld, in the afterlife, they had to talk to the god, as per the statement. It is uncertain whether the mummy had a speech impediment or not when they were alive. It’s also unsure why the tongue was categorically made out of gold.
The archaeologists, supervised by Kathleen Martinez, from the Dominican Republic, located the mummy in one of 16 burials at Taposiris Magna, which has temples devoted to Osiris and Isis, a goddess who was both the wife and sister of Osiris. Earlier, archaeologists spotted a hoard of coins adorned with the face of Cleopatra VII, inferring that the temples were in use during the queen’s reign.
The other 15 burials also date back around 2,000 years and bear extraordinary treasure. In one, a female mummy is sporting a death mask that hides most of her body and portrays her with a crown while smiling.
Two of the mummies were discovered with the remnants of scrolls, which scholars are analyzing at present and unravelling. The plastered layers, or cartonnage, encasing one of these mummies features golden decorations of Osiris.
The researchers also unearthed many statues that represent the people who were cremated at the site. The statues are very well maintained. You can still figure out the individual’s hairstyles and headdresses. The statues carry a formal look of the people with no smiles on their faces.
The archaeologists don’t know precisely when the individuals died. They can confirm that the people lived at a time when Egypt was ruled either by the Ptolemies (304 B.C. to 30 B.C.), who were the descendants of one of Alexander the Great’s generals or by the Roman Empire, which took over the country after the death of Cleopatra VII in 30 B.C.
A team comprising of archaeologists from Egypt and the University of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic are excavating these at Taposiris Magna. It is headed by Kathleen Martinez, an archaeologist from the Dominican Republic. Excavation of the site and analysis of the remains is under process.