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After a long day of visiting some amazing sites around Luxor, Kim and I decided to make one last stop before calling it a day.
In Egypt it is hard to go anywhere without encountering a local with his hand out. They all want their “baksheesh” or tip. For example- while visiting sites, guards will ask for baksheesh to allow you to take photos in areas where they are supposedly not allowed. Or if we asked for directions, that person would expect their cut as well. Kim and I love to explore and wander on our own when traveling, so you can see how this would become extremely annoying to us.
We started walking around the Rasesseum and took some photos. Of course the guard did not listen to us and began to follow us around. Kim and I kind of laughed it off and proceeded to walk around ignoring the guard until he asked us a questions which got our attention.
He asked us if we liked mummies!
|Protection for the Mummies|
Kim and I could not imagine what was underneath the coverings.
The first area was interesting but did not look like much. From what I could tell, it was a sarcophagus with a mummy in really poor shape inside. You could see that it was the shape of a body (the head looks to be visible) and had some coloring still left on the sarcophagus.
I figured that this piece could probably be restored and placed in a museum just about anywhere in the world.
The next area really blew me away. The guard lifted another cover to reveal a mummy consisting of a torso and head which were clearly visible. There were also other bones and another head close by.
I could not believe that this mummy- most likely a few thousand years old was just laying in this shallow grave with junk and garbage all around it.
I wondered if there were plans to remove this treasure and display it in a museum eventually.
I wanted to be in a picture with the mummy but it was a bit difficult to get due to it being below ground. After trying to get a decent shot, the guard asked me if I wanted to go in and pointed towards the mummy. We laughed and passed on his offer…