I am in love and fascinated with the history that Egypt has! I am always curious and interested in learning and finding out more about places here in Egypt. There are two reasons why I go out of my way to learn more about the country that I live in. The first, I love to learn and it keeps my mind sharp. Secondly, although I am not a member of the diplomatic corps, I am never the less a diplomat and representative of the country. So, I find it important to point out the good qualities about the country to others because the negative issues always seem to gain media attention and hype, while the good aspects are lost in the shadows.

I came across this short article on the net. I just had to share it with you.

 Mon Apr 12, 10:16 am ET CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian archaeologists carrying out excavations at the site of a planned youth center have found 14 tombs dating back to the third century BC, including one with a female mummy adorned with jewelry. The Greco-Roman tombs, in Bahariya Oasis, 300 km (190 miles) southwest of Cairo, were discovered during probes that indicated they may be part of a much larger necropolis, Egypt’s Culture Ministry said in a statement Monday. A 97-cm (38-inch) tall female mummy, found in the stair-lined interior of one of the rock-hewn tombs, was cast in colored plaster inlaid with jewelry and eyes. Archaeologists, who dug at the site ahead of the planned construction of a youth center, found the tombs contained other treasures as well. The area has now been turned over to Egypt’s antiquities authority. “Early investigations uncovered four anthropoid masks made of plaster, a gold fragment decorated with engravings of the four sons of Horus, and a collection of coins, and clay and glass vessels,” the ministry’s statement quoted Egypt’s chief archaeologist Zahi Hawass as saying. The four sons of Horus — Imsety, Duamutef, Hapi and Qebehsenuef — were ancient Egyptian gods. The engravings show the influence of Egyptian religion well into the Greco-Roman period. The gods were believed to protect the stomach, liver, intestines and lungs of mummified bodies. Bahariya Oasis is home to Egypt’s famed Valley of the Golden Mummies, where a collection of 17 tombs with about 254 mummies was discovered in 1996. (Writing and reporting by Dina Zayed, Editing by Jeffrey Heller) Click image for more photos

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