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Mummy of Persian Princess on Show in Pakistan


News Category: Achaemenian Dynasty

 October 28, 2000


KARACHI The mummy of an ancient princess discovered in Pakistan last week was shown to the media on Thursday.  But experts remain uncertain about the origin and age of the mummy, found in the city of Quetta in western Baluchistan Province.

The mummy was recovered from the house of Sardar Wali Mohammad Reeki, a Pakistani citizen now in police custody. "The mummy could be Egyptian or Iranian origin but it is not clear how it reached Pakistan," archaeology Professor Ahmed Dani said.The style is Egyptian but the script was not Egyptian but cuneiform, which was used by some ancient Iranian rulers, Dani said. He said full "details could only be obtained after chemical examination and deciphering the script".

Police became involved in the case when a tribal chieftain in Baluchistan reportedly tried to sell the mummy through intermediaries for more than one million dollars. 


Initial reports said it was originally found by an Iranian in the debris of an earthquake in the province's Kharan district. Pakistani experts believe the mummy was that of a Persian princess of 18 years of age belonging to Achaemenid Dynasty dating back to 600 B.C. The mummy was in a wooden sarcophagus which had an engraving of Ahura Mazda, the supreme Zoroastrian deity of Persia, alongside the cuneiform script.

The mummy is being kept at the National Museum in Karachi where special security arrangements are in force.


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