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Giant sarcophagus found in Saqqara

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 5:28 pm    Post subject: Giant sarcophagus found in Saqqara Reply with quote

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Giant sarcophagus found in Egypt:-
CAIRO | June 28, 2005 9:11:44 PM IST
 


The Egyptian Ministry of Culture Tuesday announced the discovery of a giant granite sarcophagus in an ancient cemetery in Sakara, outside Cairo.

It said the sarcophagus which belonged to a top official who served under Pharaoh Ramses II, is decorated with colored paintings and hieroglyphic inscriptions as well as the titled carried by the man such as the general supervisor of the royal stables.

The sarcophagus dates back to the period between 1304 and 1237 BC.

Egyptian archaeologists found the sarcophagus in the Haram Onas cemetery near the Sakara pyramids, some 23 kilometers (14 miles) south of Cairo.

The ministry said human bones and skulls as well as 100 figurines, a blue talisman and two pottery containers were also found in the cemetery.


I wonder where exactly it was found and by which of the teams excavating in Saqqara.

I wonder if "the general supervisor of the royal stables" is somewhat related to the "Master of the Horse" title.
Although I get the impression that the latter was more of an army position.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They didn't give nearly enough information! I hate it when that happens. Who was it? How "giant" was it? Enquiring minds want to know!

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only other info I could find is that it's a red granite sarcophagus, and that it was found in an old kingdom tomb previously discovered in the 1980's.

Makes me wonder if it was some type of intrusive burial?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2005 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to Zahi Hawass, the sarcophagyus was dicovered by Egyptian archeologists inside a tomb found by Sayyed Tawfiq already in 1980.
der Standard, an Austrian newspaper, reports that the Old Kingdom tomb is located near the ramp (causeway) to the Unas pyramid.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2005 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that info Iufaa.

I did find the following info:
"An amulet featuring goddess Nephtis and god Osiris, an alabaster quadrilateral star and a small scarab bearing the name of god Amun Re were also found. "

It's interesting to see where these new kingdom tombs are found.
Boyo Ockinga (Macquary University - sp?) found the tomb of Amenemone, a goldworker, near some other old kingdom site I believe. This tomb dated to the end of the 18th dynasty.

The truly powerful people of that time period seem to have temple tombs closer to the tomb of Horemheb.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there any "special" reason why those (normally) rich people wanted to be buried in the neighbourhood of the old burial places? Can someone answer this question?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yves Van Herp wrote:
Is there any "special" reason why those (normally) rich people wanted to be buried in the neighbourhood of the old burial places? Can someone answer this question?


They have not left us with any writing to explain thier thinking, so all I can do is guess.

I think it has to do with the fact that Saqqara is one of the main burial sites. Thebes and Giza are similarly hugely important burial sites.

But Saqqara was important from the time of the very first dynasties. There are tombs there of officials from the 1st dynasty, royal tombs from the 2nd dynasty, pyramid complexes from the 3rd, 5th and 6th dynasties. Plus many tombs from the nobles from those periods.

By the time that Ramses ruled there would not have been a whole lot of unused space left. Even decades before his time we find that high priests like Meryneith built their tombs on top of 2nd dynasty tombs.

So it may have been a matter of availability of space. The semi-rich would have wanted to be buried in Saqqara because of the importance of the site, but unless they were very important they may not have received permission to build a new tomb, or they may have been restricted to certain areas.
But that's my guess as to what happened. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Anneke! Wink

I think this could be very close to what happened. The fact is that burial sites around the great piramids still have a lot more "magic" and more "awe" around them then the rocky graves in the Valleys of the Kings and Queens.
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