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Although much smaller, the gymnasium of Watfa clearly shows the impact of Greek life in Egypt, not only in Alexandria, but also in the countryside,” Römer said.” A well-preserved mummy was found in a wooden sarcophagus in the Fayoum basin.

Several Jews were members of his regiments, and among his officer corps were five Jews: Samuel Jacobs, Emmanuel de Cordova, Aaron Hart, Hananiel Garcia, and Isaac Miramer.The condition it was found upon indicates that it was left unfinished or has been reused.‘The upper part of the pyramidion is partly destroyed, but it shows that it was covered by a foil of metal (whether gold or copper), and the lower part of the pyramidion has an unclean surface which indicated it has been either reused or left unfinished’, explains Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.” An archaeological mission recently made an intriguing find in Saqqara: the head of a wooden statue of what appears to be a late Old Kingdom queen.The cemetery where the mummy was found, is renown for its Coptic and Islamic burials, though also contained burials from Graeco-Roman times.“During excavation work carried out at the Deir Al-Banat (Al-Banat Monastery) archaeological site in Fayoum, an Egyptian-Russian mission from the Russian Institute for Oriental Studies discovered a wooden Graeco-Roman sarcophagus with a mummy inside.He [Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities] explains that the mummy is wrapped in linen and has a blue and gold cartonnage mask.

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