Tuesday May 30th, 2023
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Ireland's University College Cork Repatriates Mummy to Egypt

The mummy dates back to 600 BCE and was discovered near the Valley of the Queens.

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Ireland’s University College Cork (UCC) is planning to repatriate a number of ancient Egyptian artefacts, including a sarcophagus that contains a mummy dating back to 600 BCE, to Egypt by 2023.

The sarcophagus - made of sycamore wood, covered in plaster, and adorned with colour - was discovered near the Valley of the Queens, and so it was assumed that the mummy’s bones belonged to a queen. However, the bones turned out to belong to an adult man aged between 45 and 50 years old.

According to an inscription, it belonged to a man by the name of Hor, and carvings on the lid suggest that Thoth, the Egyptian god of writing, knowledge, and magic, gifted it to him.

Four Canopic jars - which were purchased by UCC J.E. and E.K. Preston, Antiquaries and Dealers in Works of Art in Harrogate, Yorkshire sometime between 1911 and 1912 - will also be repatriated with the mummy.