Lost fragments of an ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead have been rediscovered in Australia.

On a visit to Queensland Museum, British Museum Egyptologist Dr John Taylor noticed a familiar name on one of the pieces of papyrus on display – a ‘once-in-a-lifetime discovery’, he said.

Archaeologists had been searching for the missing pieces of the 3,500-year-old text for over a century. The fragments will stay in Brisbane, but experts will use them to reconstruct the manuscript digitally.


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