Dave Stancliff Ancient Abydos: 3,300 Year-Old Egyptian Tomb Discovered blogarama.com

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Ancient Abydos: 3,300 Year-Old Egyptian Tomb Discovered

In one of the burial chambers the archaeologists found a sandstone sarcophagus, painted red, which was created for a "scribe" named Horemheb.

Good Day World!

 I’ve got an exciting discovery to share with you today.

If you’re like me, all things about ancient Egypt are exciting. New discoveries rate 5 stars in this blog. Check this one out:

(In one of the burial chambers the archaeologists found a sandstone sarcophagus, painted red, which was created for a "scribe" named Horemheb.
Credit: Photo courtesy Kevin Cahail) View full size image

 A tomb newly excavated at an ancient cemetery in Egypt would have boasted a pyramid 7 meters (23 feet) high at its entrance, archaeologists say.

The tomb, found at the site of Abydos, dates back around 3,300 years. Within one of its vaulted burial chambers, a team of archaeologists found a finely crafted sandstone sarcophagus, painted red, which was created for a scribe named Horemheb. The sarcophagus has images of several Egyptian gods on it and hieroglyphic inscriptions recording spells from the Book of the Dead that helped one enter the afterlife.

There is no mummy in the sarcophagus, and the tomb was ransacked at least twice in antiquity. Human remains survived the ransacking, however. Archaeologists found disarticulated skeletal remains from three to four men, 10 to 12 women and at least two children in the tomb. (Original story at LiveScience)

(Gallery: See Images of the Newly Found Tomb)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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