Spanish archaeologists have dug up a 3,600-year-old mummy in the ancient city of Luxor, Egypt, that country’s antiquities minister said last week.
Mohammed Ibrahim said in a statement that the rare find in a preserved wooden sarcophagus dates back to 1600 B.C. A sarcophagus is a coffin used to bury people in ancient civilizations.
He said the mummy appears to belong to a high official. The sarcophagus is engraved with hieroglyphics (ancient symbols) and decorated with inscriptions of birds’ feathers.
The exact identity of the well-preserved mummy will now be studied, Ibrahim said, adding that it was discovered by a Spanish mission in collaboration with the Egyptian antiquities ministry.
Antiquities department head Ali Al-Asfar said the six-foot sarcophagus still bears its original coloring and writings.