Mummy of ancient doctor comes to light

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EGYPTIAN archaeologists have discovered the funerary remains of a doctor who lived and worked in the country more than 4,000 years ago, including his mummy, sarcophagus and bronze surgical instruments.

The upper part of the tomb was discovered six years ago at Saqqara, 12 miles south of Cairo.

However, the sarcophagus only came to light in the burial pit as archaeologists carried out cleaning work.

The doctor, whose name was Qar, lived under the 6th dynasty and built his tomb near Egypt's first pyramid. The 6th dynasty ruled from about 2350BC to 2180BC.

Zahi Hawass, Egypt's government antiquities chief, said the lid of the wooden sarcophagus had excellent and well- preserved decoration and the mummy itself was in ideal condition. "The linen wrappings and the funerary drawings on the mummy are still as they were," he said.

"The mask which covers the face of the mummy is in an amazing state of preservation in spite of slight damage in the area of the mouth."

Also buried in the tomb along with the medic were earthenware containers bearing the doctor's name, as well as a round limestone offering table and 22 bronze statues of gods.

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