Archeologists Discover Mummy Of A Teenage Girl Adorned With Exquisite Jewelry

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The coffin of a teenage girl wearing expensive jewelry was recently discovered in the Dra' Abu el-Naga' necropolis near Luxor, Egypt (Credit: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities/Facebook)

Over the years, archeologists have unearthed several royal tomb complexes in the Dra' Abu el-Naga' necropolis near Luxor, Egypt. However, the occupant of a 3,500-year-old wooden coffin, recently discovered in the region by a Spanish-Egyptian team, was not a pharaoh or an important royal official, but a mysterious teenager adorned with precious jewelry.

The scientists, led by Dr. José M. Galán of the Spanish National Research Council, estimate that the young girl, who was lying on her side, was between 15 and 16 years old when she died. While the body, which was covered in thin sheets, was too decomposed to determine the girl's identity and cause of death, her beautiful ornaments were in pristine condition.

The teenage girl's ornaments included earrings, two rings, and four necklaces (Credit: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities/Facebook)

They include two spiral copper-plated earrings, two rings made from bone and blue glass respectively, and four necklaces of varying lengths fastened together with a faience, or ceramic clip. Two necklaces are made of glossy ceramic beads with a bright blue finish, while the third comprises blue ceramic beads and green glass beads. Though they are all exquisite, it is the fourth necklace that impressed Galán the most. Made using 75 pieces of carved semi-precious stones like amethyst, carnelian, and amber, it features several amulets, including one depicting Horus, the Egyptian god of the sky.

The researchers speculate that the jewels, which provide evidence of the intricate ancient Egyptian craftsmanship, were most likely part of the young woman's bridal accessories. However, Galán says, "The richness of the trousseau for such a young person and with a relatively modest coffin is surprising."

The most elaborate necklace comprises 75 pieces of carved semi-precious stones and several amulets (Credit: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities/Facebook)

Also perplexing is the coffin's location on the ground close to the tomb chapel of Djehuty, a general under the ancient Egyptian King Thutmose III (1508-1458 BC). Galán says, "To date, a dozen coffins have been found on the site left unprotected on the ground, which is unusual."

The archeologists believe the abandoned tombs were unearthed by grave robbers, who were forced to flee the scene before they could steal the precious artifacts inside. This explains why the ancient teenager's jewelry remained untouched.

The teenage girl's tomb was found on the ground, along with several others (Credit: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities/Facebook)

The tomb, revealed on Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities Facebook page on April 24, 2020, is among several exciting discoveries, which also include a 4,000-year-old funerary complex, made by ​​​​​​Galán's team under the Djehuty Project. Now in its 19th year, the Spanish-Egyptian collaboration aims to excavate, restore, and publish works on the Dra' Abul el-Naga' Necropolis and other similar sites, to gain a better understanding of life in ancient Egypt during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Resources: Ministry of antiquities & tourism/Facebook, Smithsonian.com, ancient-origins.net

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168 Comments
  • aahana
    aahanaMonday, May 25, 2020 at 11:37 pm
    Maybe the design on the sarcophagus to say that she was rich got lost over time. I wonder if there are any hieroglyphics
    • mem19
      mem19Monday, May 25, 2020 at 8:04 am
      WOW This is so cool
      • animereina25
        animereina25Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 12:42 pm
        Maybe she was very important to her family, or maybe she did something great that could have impressed any royals and pharaohs. Just taking a guess here...
        • princeappleoof
          princeappleoofSunday, May 24, 2020 at 10:52 am
          I think she was wrapped in sheets because maybe just maybe she stole the jewelry of she was rich and no one new or she wa s missing and they found her body or her family were poor and spent all there money on her idk like for real tho
          • aahana
            aahanaMonday, May 25, 2020 at 11:34 pm
            She was wrapped in sheets because she was mummified. It is an ancient egyptian drath ritual
            • 2033275
              2033275Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 11:29 am
              Right they do that as tradition when some one dies
            • mem19
              mem19Monday, May 25, 2020 at 8:08 am
              Thats a good guess!
            • ellie4ever
              ellie4everSunday, May 24, 2020 at 2:49 am
              WOW! Normally it would be a adult. Not a teen!
              • little_angel27
                little_angel27Friday, May 22, 2020 at 7:05 pm
                Lucky rich girl.
                • iamsheeeeeep
                  iamsheeeeeepFriday, May 22, 2020 at 2:25 pm
                  i want to go back to school
                  • harrypotter2020
                    harrypotter2020Friday, May 22, 2020 at 11:12 am
                    so cool
                    • cubs23
                      cubs23Friday, May 22, 2020 at 8:14 am
                      Well maybe since she was wrapped in sheets her family didn’t want her jewelry to get stolen so they wanted the coffin to not track a lot of attention like the pharaohs coffins.
                    • l78
                      l78Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 6:20 pm
                      Dang! That's cool!😲