Egyptian Archaeology

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Egyptian Archaeology

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As there are constantly new discoveries let's have a generic thread.
Untouched, 4,400-Year-Old Tomb Discovered in Egypt

The discovery of the colorfully decorated grave was described as “one of a kind in the last decades” by Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.

The 33 feet-long, 9.8 feet-wide tomb was unearthed in the pyramid complex of Saqqara south of the capital Cairo, and belonged to a priest named Wahtye, who served during the fifth dynasty reign of King Neferirkare (between 2500-2300 BC), the antiquities ministry said.

The site is decorated with scenes showing the royal priest alongside his mother, wife, and other members of his family, the ministry said in a statement. It also contains more than a dozen niches and 24 colorful statues of the cleric and members of his family.

Archaeologists also found hieroglyphs carved into the stone above the tomb’s door, which revealed Wahtye’s titles, which included “royal purification priest,” “royal supervisor,” and “inspector of the sacred boat.”

And it seems like there may be more to uncover. The archaeologists also found four unopened shafts at the site.
https://www.geek.com/news/untouched-440 ... t-1766232/ (more pics)

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Inspector of the Sacred Boat, now that's a job for sparks! :mrgreen:
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It's a right old dump! I wouldn't be caught dead in there!
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Study Solves The Mysterious Origins of The Birds Ancient Egyptians Gifted Their Gods

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It was very common for ancient Egyptians to be buried with mummified birds as offerings to the gods, including Horus, Ra or Thoth. In fact, the number of sacrificial birds of prey and ibis buried with Egyptian mummies is thought to reach into the millions.

But up until now it hasn't been clear whether the birds were bred for this specific purpose (as cats were) or captured in the wild.

New research looking at the chemical composition of these birds strongly suggests they were wild and untamed, living out in the natural world before being entombed.

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The researchers compared the oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, calcium, barium, and strontium mix of the samples against human mummy remains of the same period, which turned out to be much less exotic.

This suggests the birds of prey regularly migrated out of the Nile Valley, while the ibis were likely a permanent local population but ventured further around the valley to gather food than the Egyptian people who mummified them.

Death was big business in ancient Egypt, and so were mummified animals. Most of their gods took the form of an animal, and cats and birds were considered to be representations of the deities here on Earth.

Human beings were preserved as mummies to reach the afterlife, and animals were placed alongside them in the same style for several reasons – as offerings to the gods, as food for the afterlife, and as a way of sending beloved pets to whatever lay beyond death. It was the offering type of mummified bird that was analysed here.

Based on findings from archaeological digs, it's thought that animals were buried in their tens of millions.
https://www.sciencealert.com/new-study- ... ptian-gods for the rest.
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Fuck me.... hells yes 2020 could not possibly get worse let's open a goddam Egyptian tomb (which carries the standard curse) and see just what the fuck happens.

Naa...I know...
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There are perhaps 100,000 tombs still not found in Egypt
still working on Sophrosyne, but I will no doubt end up with Hubris
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The really good ones may never be found
still working on Sophrosyne, but I will no doubt end up with Hubris