Thursday, January 3, 2008

Head of the Mummy from the Pyramid of Merenre I

The Old Kingdom King Merenre I ruled between 2287-2278 BCE. The body found in his pyramids burial chamber is believed by some not correspond with the style of mummification present which is more inline with the New Kingdom rather than the Old Kingdom.

However in the light of more recent discoveries the mummy may well be that of the king, making it the oldest royal mummy in the Egyptian national collection.

This mummy though off display for many years is currently covered by a sheet in the Imhotep museum at Saqqara.


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