An excavation project carried out by a joint Egyptian and Spanish mission (University of Alcalá) has discovered 56 containers with embalming material for the mummification of the vizier IPI, vizier of Ancient Egypt and supervisor of Thebes during the reign of Amenemhat I, of the 12th Dynasty.
Dr. Mahmoud Adidi from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities explained that the containers were located while cleaning a courtyard of the tomb, discovering an auxiliary chamber containing the jars in the northeast corner. At the same time, he observed that these had been previously discovered by the American Egyptologist Herbert Winlock between 1921 and 1922, who must have placed them in the room where they were reburied and later forgotten.
Afifi added that “The identification of these materials is of great importance to understand the mummification techniques used in the early Middle Kingdom, and to analyze the types of objects, tools and substances involved in the embalming process«.
For his part, Dr. Antonio Morales He explained that the mummification materials used at IPI include linen shawls and wide rolls of bandages, as well as pieces of thin wrapping intended to cover the fingers, toes, and other parts of the visr's body.
Finally, he explained that the containers contain about 300 bags of salt, oils, sand and other substances.
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