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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:44 am 
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The following ia a quote from Earth Times

Cairo - An archeological mission of the Egyptian Higher Council of Antiquities (EHCA) on Sunday announced the discovery of two rock-cut tombs that date back to Egypt's 5th Dynasty (2323-2356 BC). The tombs were found at the el-Deir bridge area in the Saqqara necropolis near Cairo, the site where the rulers of Egypt's Old Kingdom were buried, and some 400 metres south of the step pyramid of King Djoser.

EHCA Secretary General Zahi Hawas said one of the tombs belonged to Iya-Maat, who supervised the construction mission of King Unas, the last ruler of the 5th Dynasty.

Iya-Maat brought limestone from the Tura area, granite from the Aswan and red bricks or mafet from the western Desert. He bore several titles, including "supervisor of the king's property."

The second tomb belonged to 5th Dynasty singer Thinh. A lintel at the front of the tomb is engraved with the singer's various titles, including "supervisor of all singers."

A relief showing such a singer during a performance is found on one of the tomb's walls.

Despite Unas' long rule, very little is known about him and the society where he headed. Some believe the end of his rule marked the end of the golden age of Egypt's Old Kingdom.

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An inscription from one of the tombs.



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:51 am 
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I notice in your posting it refers to the Egyptian Higher Council of Antiquities, but I know that Hawass is in charge of The SCA (Supreme Council of Archaeology). Have they just changed their name, or is a different organization?


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:47 pm 
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That's great news! Thanks for sharing, Meresankh. Image


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