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Mysterious Golden Tongued Mummy Discovered in Egypt

Left: Mummy with golden tongue.
Right: One of the several marble masks.
The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

During archaeological excavations at the Temple of Taposiris Magna in western Alexandria, Egypt, sixteen tomb yards were discovered. The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities reports that researchers have found several mummies with remnants of gilded jewelry, at least one of which had a tongue wrapped in gold foil. It is believed that this was done so that the deceased could talk with the god Osiris in the afterlife. The ministry notes that this practice was common in the Classical Antiquity period.

In addition, archaeologists have discovered several marble and funeral masks with women's faces—these items demonstrate the high level of skill of ancient sculptors. Previously, coins with the image of Cleopatra, dating back to the 3rd century BC, the era of Ptolemy IV, were found in the temple of Taposiris Magna.