30 years ago today, one of the oldest ever found in Egypt, a 4400-year-old mummy, was unearthed in a shallow pit at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Cheops. The young woman, her smile frozen in time, surprised Egyptologists because the Giza pyramids area has been looted repeatedly since antiquity and excavated by some of the greatest archeologists of the last two centuries.
The grave (likely for a princess) was still sealed when an antiquities inspector accidentally found the burial shaft. Adorning the mummy was a bronze crown covered with gold leaf and jewelry around the neck. (1989)