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    • Journalists gather around the ancient Egyptian mummy of Sennedjem at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo
    • A mask of Sennedjem's wife after it was removed from his coffin at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo
    • The pharaonic mummy of Sennedjem inside the fumigation tent lab at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo
    • A pharaonic mummy of Sennedjem is seen after being removed from his coffin at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in Cairo, Egypt September 21, 2019.
    • Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany (C) and archaeologists look at the pharaonic mummy of Sennedjem  after it was removed from his coffin at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo
    • Archaeologists prepare the ancient Egyptian mummy of Sennedjem, an official who lived during the reigns of Pharaohs Seti I and Ramesses II in the 19th dynasty (13th-12th century BC), for fumigation at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization
    • Members of the media are seen in front of the pharaonic mummy of Sennedjem after it was removed from his coffin at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo
    • The ancient Egyptian mummy of Sennedjem, an official who lived during the reigns of Ph the 19th dynasty (13th-12th century BC), lying inside its coffin before fumigation at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo
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    Journalists gather around the ancient Egyptian mummy of Sennedjem at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo

    The mummies in the two sarcophagi belong to Sennedjem, a senior official of the New Kingdom of Egypt, who served as the overseer of the workers at a necropolis, and one of his wives.

    Two ancient sarcophagi were unpacked last Saturday in the presence of Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anany and the media at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in Cairo.

    According to the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri, the mummies in the two sarcophagi belong to Sennedjem, a senior official who oversaw the workers at Deir al-Medina necropolis in Luxor during the reigns of Seti I and Ramsesses II of the 19th Dynasty, some 3,400 years ago, and one of his wives.

    Sennedjem's bodies were found along with other 20 mummies in a tomb discovered in 1886 on the west bank of the Nile by a French Egyptologist Maspero.

    The coloured wood-made sarcophagi will be restored and put on display at NMEC which was partially opened in 2017.

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