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Long lost pages of 'Book of the Dead' found

By T.K. Randall
April 26, 2012 · Comment icon 48 comments



Image Credit: Jon Bodsworth
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.


Source: Daily Mail | Comments (48)


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Comment icon #39 Posted by kmt_sesh 11 years ago
Ironically, no, they really are offering these classes in some schools. Where should we sign up? College Class on Zombie Survival 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 11 years ago
College Class on Zombie Survival 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. Don't forget that mummies do exist in some form.
Comment icon #41 Posted by UFO_Monster 11 years ago
College Class on Zombie Survival 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. That's easy: kill it with fire.
Comment icon #42 Posted by look behind you 11 years ago
I wonder what bizarre occurrence there will be when the book is complete!
Comment icon #43 Posted by spud the mackem 11 years ago
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 11 years ago
I wonder what bizarre occurrence there will be when the book is complete! 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 11 years ago
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. 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 o... [More]
Comment icon #46 Posted by woopypooky 11 years ago
i thought the book of dead are supposed to raise up the dead?
Comment icon #47 Posted by questionmark 11 years ago
i thought the book of dead are supposed to raise up the dead? Only in the movies.
Comment icon #48 Posted by orangepeaceful79 11 years ago
i thought the book of dead are supposed to raise up the dead? Kindly read the rest of the thread before posting.


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