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Vibrant Mummy Portraits Unearthed in Fayoum After Century-Long Search

The first full-colour mummy portraits to be found in a century were discovered during an excavation in the town of Jirzah.

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Vibrant Mummy Portraits Unearthed in Fayoum After Century-Long Search


During an excavation in the town of Jirzah near Fayoum, a team of Egyptian archaeologists unearthed the first full-colour mummy portraits to be found in over a century amidst the ruins of the ancient city of Philadelphia.


The discovery was made within a large funerary complex dating back to the Ptolemaic and Roman eras, where they also found a terracotta statue of Isis-Aphrodite alongside a number of sarcophagi, clay vessels, jars, the remains of four pillars, and some Papyrus transcripts.


These coloured portraits are the first of their kind to be found since 1911, when English archaeologist Flinders Petrie found 146 mummy portraits at a Roman cemetery.


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