Every time an intriguing archeological discovery makes waves in the news, scientists and researchers come one step closer to unlocking the many mysteries of the world. Whenever ancient artifacts turns up or let’s say”¦ a 3,000-year-old mummy , there is much cause for celebration. In recent news, the discovery of a 3,000-year-old mummy located in the southern city of Luxor, Egypt, is the latest in reclaiming a piece of the past. In this article, you will learn who the mummy was and the significance of such a find.
The mummy of a high priest to the god, Amun was uncovered in Luxor, which is thought to date back to the 18th Dynasty. A representative noted to the press that the mummy was found in what is called, “tomb 99,” on the west bank of Luxor.
They are calling the find “the mummy of Sennefer,” who was taken from a tomb situated in the Valley of the Kings, which has a reputation for being one of the most famous archeological sites in the world. A team of archeologists from Cambridge University (Britain) was part of the unveiling.
In ancient Egyptian culture, after the king, a high priest is thought one of the most important men in society. They were responsible for performing a variety of duties, conducting various religious rituals, and also had offering made on their behalf. During the excavation, the high priest was not the only find, as more than one mummy joined the discovery. Researchers were thrilled to uncover a mummy with a brain tumor, a female mummy wrapped in plaster, and a fetus. Several other mummies were discovered , all of which showed signs that they suffered from arthritis in their lifetime.
The history of the Valley of the Kings involves the rather important site that holds a track record of many different burials. Numerous members of royalty and other nobles were situated at this Luxor location, which is about 700 kilometers from the very popular city of Cairo. Each years, thousands of people make the tedious journey from the capital to the Valley of the Kings, in an effort to catch sight of the many treasures of the past that reside in the vicinity.
Who is the God Amun?
In Egyptian mythology, Amun (also referred to as Amon, Amen, Amoun, and sometimes Imen, Ammon, and Hammon) was a deity, who enjoyed a gradual moment of extreme power and respect, becoming one of the most important of all deities in ancient Egyptian times. Unfortunately, his notoriety was short-lived, as he began to fade into the shadows of history, as his cult following dwindled after more favorable powers emerged in Egypt. .
According to written text, Amun is often associated with being a powerful king and fertility. During the 18th dynasty, the god became a national symbol for the Egyptians. The Pharoahs saw him as the cause of their successes, and took great pride in presenting wealth and many spoils to his temples. Amun was revered in the same manner as Zeus in Greek mythology. Amun was linked to a great deal of victories, which was quite important to the Egyptians, who saw themselves as oppressed people while under Hyksos rule. It was Amun that was able to give the people hope and strength.