A golden tongue wouldn’t have been unusual in elite burials throughout the Ptolemaic and Roman durations, mentioned Lorelei H. Corcoran, the director of the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology on the University of Memphis.
“Within an Egyptian funerary context, its reference is to Spell 158 of the Book of the Dead, which ensures that the deceased has the ability to breathe and speak, as well as to eat and drink, in the afterlife,” Dr. Corcoran added. “It may be conflated with the Greek funerary practice of placing a coin on or in the mouth of the deceased as payment for the ferryman, Charon, who transported the deceased across the River Styx to the Underworld.”
The workforce of archaeologists that discovered the 16 tombs at Taposiris Magna was led by Kathleen Martinez, a lawyer-turned-amateur-archaeologist from the Dominican Republic. The team has been working for years to search out Cleopatra’s tomb, and had targeted their efforts on Taposiris Magna.
But the burial website of the well-known queen, who reigned from Alexandria and was mentioned to have died there, has not turned up there but.
“The stated goal of the Egyptian-Dominican mission is to find the burial of Cleopatra at Taposiris Magna,” Dr. Corcoran mentioned. “Many scholars believe, however, that the burial place of Cleopatra was within a royal burial complex, perhaps associated with the palace district, now lost underwater in the Alexandria harbor.”
Representatives of the Egyptian tourism ministry didn’t instantly reply to a request for extra details about the 16 burial tombs at Taposiris Magna. The Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm reported that two golden tongues had been discovered there and could be studied on the Alexandria National Museum earlier than being placed on show in museums throughout Egypt.
The newest discovery comes as Egypt is making a concerted effort to attract guests to the nation, which relies upon closely on tourism. In current years, archaeologists have unearthed greater than 100 delicately painted wooden coffins on the historic burial floor of Saqqara, a 4,400-year-old tomb with uncommon wall work close to Cairo, and remnants of a colossal Pharaonic statue within the working-class neighborhood of Matariya.