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Belgians find tomb of ancient Egypt courtier


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#1    Owlscrying

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 10:23 PM

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CAIRO - Belgian archaeologists have discovered the intact tomb of an Egyptian courtier who lived about 4,000 years ago, Egypt's culture ministry said on Sunday.

The team accidentally found the tomb, one of the best preserved of its time, while excavating a later burial site at the Deir al-Barsha necropolis near the Nile Valley town of Minya, south of Cairo.

The tomb belonged to Henu, an estate manager and high-ranking official during the first intermediate period, which lasted from 2181 to 2050 BC and was a time of political chaos in ancient Egypt.

The archaeologists found Henu's mummy wrapped in linen in a large wooden coffin and a sarcophagus decorated with hieroglyphic texts addressed to the gods Anubis and Osiris.

The tomb contained well-preserved painted wooden statuettes of workers making bricks, women making beer and pounding cereal, and a model of a boat with rowers.

The statuettes (are of) the best quality of their time. They are characterized by realistic touches and unusual details such as the dirty hands and feet of the brick makers.

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 10:57 PM

fascinating discovery


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Posted 22 May 2007 - 08:49 AM

Lol, when i first read the headline, i thought they had found the tomb in Belguim, i was thinking, "now thats gonna shake up history" lol,lol,
good find though.

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 04:45 AM

Lemme see ... Egyptians are credited with inventing beer.
Belgium has one of the world's highest rates of beer drinking, per capita.
Belgium is noted for beer.
Belgium has one of the world's highest per-capita rates for breweries.
Okay, that explains what Belgians were doing in Egypt, they were searching for their roots!
I've been to Belgium. Twice. Wonderful country full of history. And beer.
And the beer's great too.
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Waiter! Bring me another Stella Artois! I want to toast ancient Egyptian breweries!

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 11:03 AM

Yeeey! Those folks are from my university!! tongue.gif
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Posted 05 June 2007 - 11:06 AM

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Lol, when i first read the headline, i thought they had found the tomb in Belguim, i was thinking, "now thats gonna shake up history" lol,lol,
good find though.


Exactly what I thought too...


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Posted 06 June 2007 - 09:16 AM

We rule!

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 06:21 PM

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