Four ancient tombs containing well-preserved mummies and ornate painted coffins have been unearthed at El Faiyum, an oasis about 50 miles southwest of Cairo.
Per-Ankh: Ancient Egypt
Gilded Caskets Found in Egypt
Gilded Caskets Found in Egypt
Gilded Caskets Found in Egypt

Four ancient tombs containing well-preserved mummies and ornate painted coffins have been unearthed at El Faiyum, an oasis about 50 miles southwest of Cairo.

This gold-painted mask was found on a female mummy, a rare treasure for a site known to be a frequent target for modern-day grave robbers.

Four ancient tombs containing well-preserved mummies and ornate painted coffins have been unearthed at El Faiyum, an oasis about 50 miles southwest of Cairo.

This gold-painted mask was found on a female mummy, a rare treasure for a site known to be a frequent target for modern-day grave robbers.

The mask was the first of its kind found at the El Faiyum site, an ancient "city of the dead" known as Deir el-Banat, offering hope to archaeologists that more valuable antiquities await discovery there.

In ancient times, gold symbolized eternity and was thought to preserve the remains of the dead forever.

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