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3,300-year-old pyramid tomb discovered

Posted on Tuesday, 1 April, 2014 | Comment icon 18 comments

The tomb was once accompanied by a pyramid. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Kallerna
Archaeologists have excavated the site of an ancient Egyptian tomb where a 7m high pyramid once stood.
Located within the ancient city of Abydos, the tomb was buried just below the surface and would have originally featured an impressive stone pyramid standing 23ft above it.

While treasures originally contained within the tomb were plundered thousands of years ago, archaeologists discovered a sandstone sarcophagus bearing several hieroglyphic inscriptions. No mummy was found, however human skeletal remains belonging to several men, women and children were located scattered around the site.

"Originally, all you probably would have seen would have been the pyramid and maybe a little wall around the structure just to enclose everything," said Kevin Cahail who led the excavations.

The tomb is believed to have been the final resting place of the scribe Horemheb and his family.

Source: Fox News | Comments (18)

Tags: Egypt, Abydos, Pyramid

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Comment icon #9 Posted by Calibeliever on 2 April, 2014, 15:39
Also, define 'writing'. Cave painting is a form of recording thoughts symbolically. I understand the modern definition of a written language but it's always seemd a bit pedantic.
Comment icon #10 Posted by sards on 2 April, 2014, 16:57
Very interesting read
Comment icon #11 Posted by kmt_sesh on 2 April, 2014, 23:14
Cave paintings are not a form of writing. They're perhaps more on the order of Native American winter counts, which are strictly pictographs serving as mnemonic devices. True writing employs some sort of representing the sounds of one's language, as well as grammatical features. In other words, writing is a means to make one's language visible. The link in fluxed's earlier post is actually many years old. The discovery dates to the 1990s, when Günter Dreyer was excavating at the ancient pharaonic necropolis of Abydos. He unearthed Tomb U-j, which contained many little i... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by regeneratia on 3 April, 2014, 2:31
I am not a bible fan, at least not the one you are quoting from., for I left that cult somewhere around the age of 17. But it was nice of you to provide it. Your intent is sweet.
Comment icon #13 Posted by regeneratia on 3 April, 2014, 2:37
I think cave painting can indeed be a form of conversation and communication, and could well be, in the broadest sense, words or a form of writing. I am not sure on this, for this is not my area of expertise. However, I did read a book once that told of the Aborigines relating to the author that a simply depiction can express an entire story, from start to finish, by reading the nuances of the lines and curves, the background rock. You know, a brain stretched to a new idea never goes back to it's original condition. I am forever expanded by those few words he related on how to view art, ... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by regeneratia on 3 April, 2014, 2:44
I even butcher the two willie sonnets I have memorized. Tho I love those plays, his writings, I will never cease to butcher them when repeating a memorization.
Comment icon #15 Posted by kmt_sesh on 3 April, 2014, 23:09
Cave paintings or rock art can definitely be a form of communication, but that's not the same as writing. Let's use your example of the depiction used by the Aborigine. As with all societies before they develop a form of writing (and if they do so in the first place), their stories are based on oral traditions. Let's say the depiction the Aborigine explained was first etched or painted 150 years ago. If you could hear his story and then go back in time to hear the story when it was first created, you can be assured that there would be numerous differences. As vibrant as oral trad... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by regeneratia on 3 April, 2014, 23:12
No, I didn't read King Lear as an adult. I would not have memorized that line as a teen, the age when I did indeed read it.
Comment icon #17 Posted by regeneratia on 3 April, 2014, 23:19
Well, that certainly gives me some interesting thoughts. Just letting you know, Ibrahim Karim, biogeometry specialist and trained in Egyptian mysteries, says that we are inaccurate to consider that Isis and Horus and Osiris were "gods". The error is that we have oversimplified their true meaning. He says that their depictions and names are mere representations of specific earth energies. He also included in that all the math in the hieroglyphs and the represenations of those "gods", that all those representations merely exuded the energies they represented. Boy, the thoug... [More]

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