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Dozens of Mummies Unearthed at Egypt's Valley of the Kings.

Darth SidiousDarth Sidious ..in the grim darkness of the far future, there is only warMembers Posts: 2,507 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited April 2014 in The Social Lounge
Archaeologists have discovered the final resting place of at least 50 royal Egyptians — including princes, princesses and infants — while excavating a trashed tomb at the Valley of the Kings.

Hieratic inscriptions (a cursive form of hieroglyphs) revealed that most of the mummies in the tomb were related to two pharaohs, Thutmose IV and Amenhotep III, who ruled during the 14th century B.C. The dead included at least eight previously unknown royal daughters, four princes and some children, the archaeologists said.

During Egypt's New Kingdom (1550-1070 B.C.), royals were buried at the Valley of the Kings, a site along the Nile, opposite modern-day Luxor, about 312 miles (500 kilometers) south of Cairo. King Tutankhamun's tomb is among the best preserved burials to have been discovered at the Valley of the Kings, and new tombs are still being discovered and studied at the site today.

One of those newly studied tombs is KV 40. From the surface, the only hint of a burial chamber was a depression in the ground. Excavations revealed a 16-foot-deep (5 meters) shaft, a corridor and four rooms in shambles. The 3,300-year-old tomb was likely plundered for its gold and wood during antiquity, and later looted for any other valuable goods that could be sold. The archaeologists, who have been excavating in the region since 2009, found textiles, mummy bandages, linen cloths, bones and other scattered funerary artifacts in the tomb. These objects were covered with soot from a heavy fire, presumably set by grave robbers of the late 19th century.

The adult mummies in KV 40 are largely fragmentary, likely torn apart by grave robbers, but infant corpses in the underground burial chamber remain intact, said researcher Susanne Bickel, of the University of Basel in Switzerland. And while most infants who died would have been buried in a simple fashion at the time, royal children buried in KV 40 seem to have been given a proper mummification, Bickel added.

"They are wrapped in numerous layers of bandages and treated with bitumen," a sticky embalming substance, Bickel told Live Science in an email.

For now, the archaeologists have not determined a cause of death for these infants; anthropological investigations are planned for the next dig season, Bickel said.

"What is certain is that they did not die at the same time (no epidemic), but over a certain time span," Bickel said.

Bits of coffins made from wood and a plastered material known as cartonnage indicate that tomb KV 40 was used again as a burial ground in the ninth century B.C., for members of priestly families during Egypt's Third Intermediate Period.

Studying the newfound mummies and their scattered grave goods could shed light on the lives of people in the pharaohs' royal court, Bickel and her colleagues said.


http://news.yahoo.com/dozens-mummies-unearthed-egypts-valley-kings-213022444.html

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  • Ajackson17Ajackson17 On the shoulders of Giants and Elders in history UniverseMembers Posts: 22,501 ✭✭✭✭✭
    They were 🤬 ?!!!!!
  • Focal PointFocal Point Kushite descent... wandering child from Meru of Old TrentonMembers Posts: 16,307 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Great drop, gotta love the info
  • _Goldie__Goldie_ ablackweb.com Members, Moderators, Writer Posts: 30,349 Regulator
    edited April 2014
    INB4 Hollywood makes a movie about Amenhotep ,starring Tom Hanks

    Any more pics?
  • Trollio Trollio Trollololololololololol Members Posts: 25,817 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • Ajackson17Ajackson17 On the shoulders of Giants and Elders in history UniverseMembers Posts: 22,501 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Its hilarious how they keep making Ramses the second light skin when DNA proved he was fully African and more African then american blacks.
  • Darth SidiousDarth Sidious ..in the grim darkness of the far future, there is only warMembers Posts: 2,507 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Chicity wrote: »
    Disrespectful

    Go to England and try to pull up there kings and queens, hell the 🤬 that used to serve the king and see what'll happen

    http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/support-for-richard-iii-campaign-grows-as-over-1-000-sign-petition-1-6583061

    Support for Richard III campaign grows as over 1,000 sign petition

    Campaigners are expecting a judgment over whether permission for the regal bones to be reinterred in Leicester should be overturned will be made in the next couple of weeks.

    The Plantagenet Alliance, a group of the king’s collateral descendants who want his remains to be reinterred in York Minster, are challenging the processes surrounding the Ministry of Justice’s decision to grant a licence to allow the University of Leicester to remove the monarch’s remains and bury him at Leicester Cathedral.


  • Chef_Taylor Chef_Taylor Young King.....pay me in gold Members Posts: 26,584 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Chicity wrote: »
    Disrespectful

    Go to England and try to pull up there kings and queens, hell the 🤬 that used to serve the king and see what'll happen

    http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/support-for-richard-iii-campaign-grows-as-over-1-000-sign-petition-1-6583061

    Support for Richard III campaign grows as over 1,000 sign petition

    Campaigners are expecting a judgment over whether permission for the regal bones to be reinterred in Leicester should be overturned will be made in the next couple of weeks.

    The Plantagenet Alliance, a group of the king’s collateral descendants who want his remains to be reinterred in York Minster, are challenging the processes surrounding the Ministry of Justice’s decision to grant a licence to allow the University of Leicester to remove the monarch’s remains and bury him at Leicester Cathedral.


    The difference between us and them.I aint even mad at them.
  • Well Got DamWell Got Dam Members Posts: 5,440 ✭✭✭✭✭
    [img]http://troll.me/images/mah-🤬 /my-🤬 .jpg[/img]



    Dope 🤬 !
  • d.greend.green Members Posts: 12,051 ✭✭✭✭✭
    So...is Zahi Hawas and his crew claiming they were not "sub-Saharan"
  • Black Boy KingBlack Boy King Members Posts: 6,984 ✭✭✭✭✭
    d.green wrote: »
    So...is Zahi Hawas and his crew claiming they were not "sub-Saharan"
    "We don't know much about them yet but we know one thing theres a better chance of them being aliens than cotton picking 🤬 !"
  • Shawn_MichaelsShawn_Michaels Members Posts: 165 ✭✭✭
    🤬 that old crackkka and him wanting to be Egyptian when he is just descended from illiterate and barbaric people with no culture and identity except for violence.
  • KingKemetKingKemet Members Posts: 138 ✭✭✭
    We need some black archeologists present at this site before them fools start hiding 🤬 and fabricating stories. I'm serious tho, I'm feelin some type of way already knowing they 🤬 over there unchecked about to make up all kinds of fuckery.
  • kzzlkzzl Members Posts: 7,548 ✭✭✭✭✭
    KingKemet wrote: »
    We need some black archeologists present at this site before them fools start hiding 🤬 and fabricating stories. I'm serious tho, I'm feelin some type of way already knowing they 🤬 over there unchecked about to make up all kinds of fuckery.

    Them white folks are out here collecting African artifacts like comic books. I just stumbled on a youtube video of an old white guy having an entire mini-museum collection of African mask in his house. Like, why are we not concerned with this type of stuff and they are? They leaving no stone unturned out here when you think about it.
  • The Lonious MonkThe Lonious Monk Man with No Fucks Given Members Posts: 26,258 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'm confused. Are you mad that some white people show love to African cultural artifacts or that black people don't.
  • kzzlkzzl Members Posts: 7,548 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'm confused. Are you mad that some white people show love to African cultural artifacts or that black people don't.

    Mad? No, bruh. Just an observation. ... and slight concern.
  • Jabu_RuleJabu_Rule Members Posts: 5,993 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I have a concern that it took white folks to preserve these artifacts in the first place. Before that, there was nothing but looting and the artifacts were left to rot in history.
  • Black Boy KingBlack Boy King Members Posts: 6,984 ✭✭✭✭✭
    FuriousOne wrote: »
    I have a concern that it took white folks to preserve these artifacts in the first place. Before that, there was nothing but looting and the artifacts were left to rot in history.

    You ain't foolin no one yo, you white
  • Jabu_RuleJabu_Rule Members Posts: 5,993 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Judah Back wrote: »
    FuriousOne wrote: »
    I have a concern that it took white folks to preserve these artifacts in the first place. Before that, there was nothing but looting and the artifacts were left to rot in history.

    You ain't foolin no one yo, you white

    Apparently you're Jewish but it seems you've only fooled yourself. Such delusion.
  • The Lonious MonkThe Lonious Monk Man with No Fucks Given Members Posts: 26,258 ✭✭✭✭✭
    FuriousOne wrote: »
    I have a concern that it took white folks to preserve these artifacts in the first place. Before that, there was nothing but looting and the artifacts were left to rot in history.

    Let's not give white people too much credit. For every artifact they've preserved, there is at least one they've defaced or destroyed in their effort to white wash history.

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