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Two 5th Dynasty tombs discovered
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 1:33 am 
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I couldn't post this earlier because the board was down...

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: Thu Feb 19, 2009 2:30 pm 
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Thanks for sharing!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 4:10 am 
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These discoveries always set me wondering exactly what else lies buried beneath the sand.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 9:36 am 
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I recently read a report from the SCA.
In one area alone--Saqqara--they estimated between 20% and 30% of the necropolis has been excavated. They estimate if one expedition worked at digs, they would be busy for 200 years or more!


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:29 am 
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I can believe that. That's what makes our passion for Ancient Egypt so exciting. There is still so much to be discovered.Image


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