Dear Readers: A bit of Egyptology news for the history fans among my friends. I recently mentioned that a Czech team located an undiscovered tomb of an Egyptian princess. It seems nearby tombs contained statues of surpassing beauty, and as I love the statuary of ancient Egypt from the Old Kingdom, I am thrilled to share a few items:
(Image courtesy of the Egyptiana Emporium)
Also, there is a great video from NTD Television detailing the find — well worth the 5 minutes for any Egyptophile (click here for link to video). A snippet from the story:
A team of Czech and Egyptian archaeologists are continuing to excavate a recently discovered tomb complex.
They say it includes the tomb of an ancient Egyptian princess from the Old Kingdom.
The excavations have yielded a treasure trove of statues that experts say are some of the finest examples of their kind.
The findings were made near the Abu Sir necropolis in Saqqara, known to be a burial site for high officials of the Old Kingdom, when the capital was still located in Memphis.
Last week, archaeologists apparently unveiled the 4,500-year-old tomb of Princess Shert Nebti and three other tombs nearby—some of the most significant finds in recent years.
[Miroslav Barta, Head Archaeologist, Abu Sir Mission]: “All the monuments around us developed during the fifth dynasty and belonged to several powerful families. One of the leading persons that was buried here is the princess Sherit Nebti. The excavation is not finished yet but still what we have at the moment is this unique pillared courtyard, which contains four pillars which were originally roofed, and inscriptions which say that Sherit Nebti,’ the nose of two ladies’, belonged to a royal family, a royal family of the kings that were buried northward in the pyramid field of Abu Sir.”
Another notable temple at the site is believed to have belonged to a high official named Nefer or ‘the Beautiful One’.
One of the most impressive finds in Nefer’s tomb is a well-preserved passage that archaeologists say was a kind of ‘passport’ to the underworld.
Nefer was believed to cross back into the land of the living to participate in the offerings, later returning to the land of the dead.
Chief inspector for Northern Saqqara, Hamdi Amin, says that there are still countless discoveries waiting to be made in Abu Sir.
[Hamdi Amin, Chief Inspector, Northern Saqqara]: “We have a lot of treasure we find this season, nine statues, intact ones, limestones, good preserved colour, intact colours. Now they are situated in the magazines [storehouses] of Saqqara. Here we have a very big site for a new area. Abu Sir, we considered it to be a virgin area which is still keeping a lot of secrets.”
Egypt’s antiquities authorities say, excavators have uncovered four sarcophagi, and some highly detailed statues have now been moved to nearby storehouses.
[Miroslav Barta, Head Archaeologist, Abu Sir Mission]: “The statues are important for two principle reasons—one of them is the mastery of their execution and the second important thing is that they represent a very huge new corpus of Old Kingdom unique statuary.”
The authorities are hoping such spectacular discoveries may remind holiday-goers of Egypt’s impressive and still unfolding heritage.
I would also like to take a few moments for a little link love:
- One of my heroes, Captain Capitalism, is looking for some good women — to help with some editing of his new book. This is a great chance to make a difference by supporting the free market message!
- Lonely Conservative is keeping up the good fight in New York, and has some great stories: WH Website Hit With Petition To End WH Petition Website and Obama Voters Not Welcome At Arizona Gun Store
- Sitting on the Edge of the Sandbox, another survivor of the Great California Nov. 6 Slaughter, blames the kids: California Students: Not So Bright
- Word Warrior shares a great post that touches on the Israel-Hamas situation: KILL FOR PEACE
- B-Daddy describes the anarchist group Anonymous and their hacking of Israeli cyberspace to support terrorists.
- WC Varones offers another fine example of government inanity: FHA needs a bailout; Gee, who could have seen that coming?
- KT Kat makes some salient observations on a blog that is a source of liberal fiscal rage and ignorance: AMERICAblog
- Beers with Demos features another saccy Micahel Rameirz cartoon and weighs the real meaning behind the election results: Political cartoon of the day…
- Charles Caesar has his zombie apocalypse Twinkie stash.
And finally, Lipstick Underground offers some salient post-election advice: SUCK IT UP!
Finally, the perfect blend of Bollywood and Egypt as my Music Mix offering for this week. BONUS – the video has the translation!