At an excavation at Fayum in upper Egypt one-hundred mummies have been unearthed that archaeologists believed will enable them to find the tomb of King Amenemhat III.
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SV Openings into tombs (2 shots)
SV Coffins laid out in sand
CU Skulls in clay pots (2 shots)
SV Men remove lid from coffin
CU Remains of body in coffin (2 shots)
SV Skull on ground
SV INT. Archaeologist removes statues from clay container
SCU Scientists examining mummies (4 shots)
CU Scientists holding skull & vertebrae
Excavation site at Fayum; coffins and mummies displayed; artifacts found in tombs with mummies; skulls and bones of mummies.
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Background: At an excavation at Fayum in upper Egypt one-hundred mummies have been unearthed that archaeologists believed will enable them to find the tomb of King Amenemhat III.
The excavation lies between the three-thousand room labyrinth and pyramid of Amenemhat III. So far, eight-six tombs around the ruins have been revealed.
Previous attempts to excavate the area were made more than ninety years ago when a burial chamber was found empty, inside the pyramid. It is believed that this was a deliberate attempt to mislead grave robbers. Now, with the indications given by the mummies, scientists believe they will be able to locate the real site of Amenehat's tomb.
Amenemhat III reigned almost four-thousand years ago in a peaceful and prosperous time of Egypt's Middle Kingdom. He was known for his large-scale irrigation and building projects.
SYNOPSIS: This sun-baked spot is the site of what could be the most important discovery in Egypt since the discovery of the sealed tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922. Scientists believe that these tombs at Fayum indicate that the burial site of Amenemhat the Third is nearby.
One-hundred mummies have been found in tombs located between the three-thousand room labyrinth and pyramid of King Amenemhat. All the coffins were made of burnt clay and had been tampered with by grave robbers. An amazing feature of the mummies was that they were all common people, rather than of royal or noble families, as is usually the case.
More than ninety years ago attempts were made in this area to find the tomb of Amenemhat the Third. All that was found was the pharaoh's empty burial chamber in the pyramid. It is believed that this was an attempt to mislead grave robbers. With the finding of these mummies, scientists think they have clue to the tombs real location.
Along with the mummies, the unearthed tombs contained various artifacts. These figures were placed in the tomb to serve the returning soul after death.
Three of the mummies that caused the most interest could have been from one family. A man, woman, and child were entombed together. One of the other mummies appeared to have undergone a surgical operation for a broken jaw. It had been stitched together, and the flax thread was intact....But, while the mummies will be studied carefully, it is the hope of these scientists to find the untouched tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh who lived more than four-thousand years ago.