TEHRAN Pakistani police said on Sunday they
had found a crowned ancient mummy, possibly of
an Iranian queen, during a raid in the
southwestern town of Kharan near Quetta.
They said the mummy, estimated to be 2,500
years old, was found packed in a sealed box
during a raid on the house of an
"important personality" in Quetta,
the capital of Pakistan's Baluchistan Province
bordering Iran and Afghanistan.
Police declined to disclose the name of the
"personality", but said initial
information suggested the mummy had been in
the possession of someone in the port city of
Karachi, who had been murdered.
Kharan had once been part of ancient Iran and
it was believed that the jewelry of the old
Iranian royal families was buried there. The
mummy recovered from the Quetta house was
heavily laden with jewelry, including a crown
and a golden plate at her chest, the police