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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Archaeologists discover tower tomb mummy

From the Russian News and Information Agency:

Syrian archaeologists have discovered a sarcophagus with the best-preserved mummy ever in a tower tomb in Palmyra. snip The discovery was a surprise for the archaeologists. Ancient residents of this town are known to have buried their relatives in separate niches that lined the walls of a burial chamber. According to scientists, the rich in ancient Palmyra could afford to build large burial chambers and tomb towers not only for their own relatives, but also to lease them to people not connected with them by family ties. Some of the tombs could become a resting place for hundreds of bodies. It is the first time that Syrian archaeologists have discovered a tomb with so many mummies, which date back to over 2,000 years ago. Expedition leader Halil al-Hariri said a thorough examination of the discovered mummies would clear up the social and economic standards of the ancient population of Palmyra and the diseases they had suffered from. "It is a rare discovery for Palmyra and shows that the ancient civilization that developed here was similar to the Egyptian civilization and made good progress in the craft of embalming," the scientist said.
Here's a cool photos of the Syrian tower tombs and more photos and information on them here.


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