Spanish archaeologists digging in Egypt have unearthed a female mummy still wearing her jewels.
The mummy was discovered in the necropolis below the temple of Pharaoh Thutmosis III (1490-1436 B.C.), on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor (southern Egypt). The find dates to the Middle Kingdom (2137-1781 B.C.).
For nearly four millennia, the "Lady of the Jewels," as the mummy was nicknamed, eluded tomb raiders, her sarcophagus trapped under a collapsed roof.
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The archaeologists were cleaning and restoring several tombs in the necropolis that had been already looted in antiquity when they realized that in one of the chambers of tomb XIV, part of the roof had already collapsed before robbers entered it.
"A large boulder, which had fallen down before the tomb was looted, had crushed and buried a previously untouched coffin with all its content," Egyptologists Myriam Seco, director of the Thutmosis III Temple Project, said in a statement.
As Seco's team removed the stone, they found a wooden sarcophagus and an utterly destroyed female mummy.