Two mummies complete with ornate stone coffins were found in the Pechersk Lavra church in Kiev, Express reported on May 18.
Also known as the Monastery of the Caves, the old Orthodox church revealed hidden treasures during an inventory. Egyptian artefacts dating from the 11th century BC, recovered after many years in a warehouse.
The search also revealed a rare 161cm-long crocodile mummy, believed to have originated from the temples of Horus and Sobek in Kom Ombo, along with several burial jars used to store organs.
“This mummy comes from the temple of Horus and Sobek in Kom Ombo. Crocodiles are considered to be worshiping gods Sobek. I only know of 2-3 crocodile mummies of this size in Italy and have one in the British Museum. “, said Mykola Tarasenko, PhD in historical sciences.
The 3,000-year-old mummy belongs to a woman named Menat, a singer at the temple of Amon in ancient Egypt. Experts said the discovery was unusual because the hands in Menat were placed in the position common at male burials. According to historians, Menat’s head was accidentally severed from his body during transportation.
The second mummy belongs to a man with a mysterious identity. The remains in the coffin indicate that this person belonged to aristocracy, with a burial style dating from the 10th-11th centuries BC in Thebes, the capital of ancient Egypt.
The mummies were shipped to Ukraine in the second half of the 19th century and last exhibited in Kiev in the 1970s.