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Thursday, 26 October, 2000, 18:27 GMT 19:27 UK
Pakistani expert uncovers mummy

A leading archeologist in Pakistan has released more details about a stolen mummified princess, discovered during a police raid on a house in the city of Quetta. The archeologist Ahmed Hasan Dani, of Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad, said the mummy is more than 2,500 years old.

It has a golden crown and breastplate and is in the Egyptian style, although engravings on the plate are in ancient Persian.

The mummy was examined at Karachi National Museum, where it has been stored since police recovered it from a gang trying to sell it - reportedly for more than a million dollars.

The theft of the mummy is already being linked to the murder of a man in Karachi. The mummy has been dated to the era of the Persian Khamam-ul-Nishiyan dynasty around 600 BC.

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