It seems every day recently has brought news of a new discovery in Egypt of the mummy variety. This past week, Khaled al-Anani, the Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, announced the discovery of 14 wooden sarcophaguses at the necropolis of Saqqara. These sarcophagi date to 2500 years ago. The week before that, archaeologists had found 13 similar coffins. After all these centuries, there’ still so much left to discover in Egypt!
These coffins are fully intact; they haven’t been opened since the interment of the mummies two-and-a-half millennia ago. Considering this year of 2020 and all that’s happened—pandemic, murder hornets, social unrest, etc.—the idea of them being opened right now has inspired a tad of apprehension. We sure don’t need any more bad juju, and a revenant Pharaoh with an attitude, unleashing the infamous Ten Plagues wouldn’t be anything out of the ordinary these days. Total love for Arnold Vosloo, but if we get a rampaging Mummy, I hope it’s the Sofia Boutella version. She’s just so much cuter.
Such a supernatural smackdown wouldn’t be underserved, considering the way the powers-that-be in Egypt are bulldozing UNESCO heritage sites to make new highways, and forcing a population of transients who were living alongside the more-recent Egyptian dead out into the streets.