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3,300-year-old pyramid tomb discovered


Posted on Tuesday, 1 April, 2014 | Comment icon 17 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 (17)

Tags: Egypt, Abydos, Pyramid

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Comment icon #8 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 2 April, 2014, 2:29
CAIRO - 'A German archaeologist said Tuesday that he has found what could be the earliest known human writing - records of linen and oil deliveries made about 5,300 years ago during the reign of a king named Scorpion in southern Egypt. The discovery throws open for debate a widely held belief among historians that the first people to write were the Sumerians of the Mesopotamian civilization sometime before 3000 B.C.' http://www.trussel.c...hist/news95.htm The Egyptians have claimed this now, for a few years, long before this
Comment icon #9 Posted by Calibeliever on 2 April, 2014, 15:39
CAIRO - 'A German archaeologist said Tuesday that he has found what could be the earliest known human writing - records of linen and oil deliveries made about 5,300 years ago during the reign of a king named Scorpion in southern Egypt. The discovery throws open for debate a widely held belief among historians that the first people to write were the Sumerians of the Mesopotamian civilization sometime before 3000 B.C.' http://www.trussel.c...hist/news95.htm The Egyptians have claimed this now, for a few years, long before this Also, define 'writing'. Cave painting is a form of recording thoughts... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by sards on 2 April, 2014, 16:57
I don't think this was a tomb. I don't believe that the sandstone sarcophagus is a burial instrument. I think it is more about resonance, and the ability to access OBEs. I think there were spiritual teachings and initation practices that used the sandstone sarcophagus as a tool for higher soul learning. My bet is that the chamber it was found in had a specific sort of resonating stone in it, like a marble or granate or something. Imagine, you have been purfied by water, anointed with oils. You have fasted for two days. You are dressed in white thin material. Your teachers lead you to the chamb... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by kmt_sesh on 2 April, 2014, 23:14
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. 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 discove... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by regeneratia on 3 April, 2014, 2:31
regeneratia, Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. (Proverbs 17:28) 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
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 GŁnter Dreyer was excavating at the ancient pharaonic necropolis of Abydos. He unearthed Tomb U-j, which contained many little ivory dockets with hiero... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by regeneratia on 3 April, 2014, 2:44
Judging by King Lear, I'd say you're butchering Shakespeare. --Jaylemurph 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
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, especi... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by regeneratia on 3 April, 2014, 23:12
Judging by King Lear, I'd say you're butchering Shakespeare. --Jaylemurph 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
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 traditions are, th... [More]


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