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Long lost pages of 'Book of the Dead' found

Posted on Thursday, 26 April, 2012 | Comment icon 48 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Ancient papyrus fragments belonging to the book have been found in Australia's Queensland Museum.

The Book of the Dead is an ancient Egyptian funerary text written by Amenhotep in around 1420 BC, various sections of the book that have been recovered reside in museums around the world but much of it is still missing. "We are incredibly surprised that we had such a significant object in our collection," said museum CEO Ian Galloway.

Egyptologist John Taylor made the discovery during a recent visit to the museum. "This is not the papyrus of just anybody," he said. "This is one of the top officials from Egypt at the peak of ancient Egypt's prosperity."

"Papyrus fragments from an Egyptian funerary text known as a Book of the Dead have been discovered in the archives of the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, Australia."

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Comment icon #39 Posted by kmt_sesh on 26 April, 2012, 23:12
However, please note there does not appear to be a class on how to survive resurrected vengeful mummies. They're not the same thing as zombies. Mummies are a lot drier and crumblier.
Comment icon #40 Posted by Myles on 26 April, 2012, 23:16
Don't forget that mummies do exist in some form.
Comment icon #41 Posted by UFO_Monster on 27 April, 2012, 3:17
That's easy: kill it with fire.
Comment icon #42 Posted by look behind you on 27 April, 2012, 6:35
I wonder what bizarre occurrence there will be when the book is complete!
Comment icon #43 Posted by spud the mackem on 27 April, 2012, 9:26
Mummy,Mummy, I've just seen a Zombie,can I play with it...No dear you cant play with dead people...AAARRRGGGH !
Comment icon #44 Posted by Wearer of Hats on 28 April, 2012, 7:49
Don't they already have complete copies of the Book of the Dead? It's just a news story because of the the antiquity of this copy.
Comment icon #45 Posted by kmt_sesh on 29 April, 2012, 4:18
There are many complete copies of the Book of the Dead, scattered all over the world now. No two copies are identical. This text wasn't like something churned off a printing press, nor was the religion of pharaonic Egypt dogmatic and canonized, so things like the Book of the Dead were never really standardized. The text came quite close to standardization in the Saite Period (Dynasty 26) but still Books of the Dead from that period show variations. No single Book of the Dead possesses all of the possible spells, which number more than 180. Most have some version of the most important spe... [More]
Comment icon #46 Posted by woopypooky on 29 April, 2012, 12:22
i thought the book of dead are supposed to raise up the dead?
Comment icon #47 Posted by questionmark on 29 April, 2012, 14:45
Only in the movies.
Comment icon #48 Posted by orangepeaceful79 on 1 May, 2012, 2:44
Kindly read the rest of the thread before posting.

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