The world's oldest and most perfect mummy has been unearthed at the famous Egyptian site of Sakkhara, 15 miles (24 Kms) south of Cairo.
CU Mr Moussa speaking with GVs of tombs causeway of Unas, local inhabitants and terrain
TRANSCRIPT SEQ 2: MOUSSA: "It is one of the oldest mummies found up to now, and it is from the old kingdom of about 2,500 B.C. -- nearly from the time of King Niyuserre".
QUESTION: "Why is it that other mummies have been plundered and pillaged, and yet Nefer the Musician has stayed in his place for 45 centuries?"
MOUSSA: "As you see, this tomb and its situation comes to the south of the causeway of Unas. And when Unas has built his causeway, all the debris and these small pieces which had been left after the building, had filled the base of the tomb. And after that the robbers came and robbed all the mummies which lay to tomb. But this burial had been found to the east of the tomb. And I think that the robbers missed it, and they didn't know the place that there is a mummy to the east of the tomb. So this is the main reason that this mummy had been left without robbing".
QUESTION: "It's unusual -- against the normal rule -- to bury on the east side, it that the point?"
MOUSSA: "They are accustomed to bury to the west of the place of the tomb which they want to be buried in. But we had some burials to the east, but, as you see, it is rare".
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Background: The world's oldest and most perfect mummy has been unearthed at the famous Egyptian site of Sakkhara, 15 miles (24 Kms) south of Cairo. The tomb, dating back 4,500 years, belonged to Nefer(the Beautiful), a musician and court favourite.
The mummy had escaped the attentions of grave robbers because it had been buried in an unorthodox way -- placed on the unsacred eastern side of the tomb. It only came to light because a workman dug in the "wrong" location. The director of the Sakkhara dig, Mr Ahmed Moussa, described this remarkable new discovery: