A 2,500-year-old ancient Egyptian sarcophagus was opened during a live broadcast by the Discovery Channel, revealing the mummy of an ancient Egyptian High Priest who lived during the 26 dynasty of ancient Egypt.
“Never in my 50 years in archaeology have I experienced something on such a grand scale as this,” said Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass
During a special two-hour broadcast by the Discovery Channel, reaches opened a sarcophagus containing an ancient Egyptian high priest. People watched ‘Expedition Unknown: Egypt Live’ from the site outside Minya, located along the river Nile and just south of the Giza Pyramid Complex.
Expedition Unknown was set up in collaboration between Discovery and the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry.
The sarcophagus was found in a network of vertical shafts at the site which led to a number of tunnels and tombs, containing as many as 40 mummies thought to have belonged to the ancient Egyptian noble elite.
Inside the tombs, the researchers discoveded artifacts ranging from amulets, canopic jars, golden artifacts, to mummies and decomposed skeletons.
But the greatest find was an intricately carved sarcophagus in one of the rooms.
After cleaning the sarcophagus, several people were needed to open the ancient sarcophagus. Inside it, the researchers found a pristinely linen-wrapped mummy surrounded by a plethora of different artifacts.
“Never in my 50 years in archaeology have I experienced something on such a grand scale as this,” said Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass.
“The findings here are completely special and totally unique. This is what keeps me going. It is what keeps me feeling young and alive!”
Everything was broadcasted on live tv.
“This extraordinary wax head is the exact cast of a 2,500-year-old high priest mummy — with such detailed features that he could have easily been picked out on the street from it,” Discovery said.
American explorer Josh Gates, one of the hosts of the broadcast explained that the sarcophagus’ owner was ‘Irt Hrw,’ a high priest of Thoth, the ancient Egyptian god of wisdom and magic. The mummy is thought to date back to the 26 dynasty of ancient Egypt.
“Toward the end of Ancient Egypt, the power really was with the high priests and you can see this… almost feels like a royal burial,” Gates revealed.