Herodotus Returns

Two 4,300-year-old tombs discovered at Saqqara
July 9, 2010, 3:24 am
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The false door of the unearthed tomb of Shendwas, ...

Two tombs of Old Kingdom ancient Egyptian royal scribes – a father and son – have been unearthed in Saqqara. The photos of the tomb paintings are remarkable. Forty-three-hundred years old and they look like they were painted yesterday. True time capsules. I saw some tombs in Luxor last year that were similar. The tomb of a royal scribe called Roy, in a necropolis called the Tombs of the Nobles was all but perfect. (see photo after excerpt).

The tomb includes two false doors with colorful paintings depicting the two people buried there, a father and a son who served as heads of the royal scribes, said Abdel-Hakim Karar, a top archaeologist at Saqqara.

“The colors of the false door are fresh as if it was painted yesterday,” Karar told reporters.

Humidity had destroyed the sarcophagus of the father, Shendwas, while the tomb of the son, Khonsu, was robbed in antiquity, he said.

Also insribed on the father’s false door was the name of Pepi II, whose 90-year reign is believed to be the longest of the pharaohs. The inscription dates the double tomb to the 6th dynasty, which marked the beginning of the decline of the Old Kingdom, also known as the age of pyramids.

Associated Press has some good coverage on the story, featuring beautiful photos and plenty of face time with Grand Wizard of Antiquity, Zahi Hawass.


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