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A group of archeologists discovered 59 coffins holding the remains of Egyptian priests and officials from around 672 to 525 B.C. Reuters reported that they were buried in three 30 to 40-foot shafts, alongside some statues of the ancient Egyptian god Seker, who was often associated with the underworld and resurrection.
One of the tombs was opened in front of reporters, revealing the unidentified mummy that had been inside for 2,500 years. If you immediately wonder how that smelled, Egyptians embalmed the bodies in essential oils and removed and jarred the organs prior to burying — so they were clearly thinking very, very, very far ahead.
The video on Twitter now has more than 20 million views.
The mummy tomb, which has been sealed for 2500 years, has been opened for the first time. pic.twitter.com/KWGT95girv
— Psychedelic Art (@VisuallySt) October 5, 2020
Twitter absolutely freaked out, saying that 2020 was not the year we should be opening up tombs.
Why is it strapped down. Why would it need to be strapped down? Put the lid back on. PUT THE FUCKING LID BACK ON IT'S 2020!!
— Corbit (@Corbit_THFC) October 5, 2020
Is 2020 really the best year to be opening up an ancient mummy sarcophagus?
— Cali-Conservative (@CaliConserv1) October 5, 2020
Several Twitter users were also furious and found it “disrespectful” that the archeologists had found a new way to disturb people of color.
it's super disrespectful because the entire reason they were buried in these was so they could be guided to the afterlife and we were kinda just like haha no
— 🔞KatsFish~Commissions25%Off🔞 (@kats_nsfw) October 5, 2020
In regard to the group who unearthed the tombs, it’s backed by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. The video features Dr. Khaled Al-Anani, who has served as the minister of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities since 2016.
Opening up these tombs and examining the mummies can certainly seem violating and disrespectful of the person’s wishes. But mummies are so well preserved that they offer all sorts of helpful information to paleopathologists and historians. Analyzing the DNA can increase knowledge in diseases, medicine and historical record.
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