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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-17-05 11:45 PM
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Scientists discover non-looted tomb of Egyptian Pharaoh
http://english.pravda.ru/science/19/94/377/16001_Amenho...

The tomb of King Amenhotep I became the second non-looted tomb after the one of King Tut

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But let us get serious. Joint Egyptian-Polish expedition started the dig of fully preserved tomb of Pharaoh Amenhotep I in Kings Valley near Luxor. According to Dr. Zahi Hawass, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt, archeologists are close to the greatest discovery. He considers the discovery in Dra Abu al-Naga region as important as the discovery of Tutankhamun tomb in 1922.

Precious treasures and rarities will be presumably found at the burial place of Amenhotep I. "We cannot even imagine the abundance and value of treasures and rarities and the amount of gold which we may find in the tomb of Amenhotep I", Zahi Hawass says enthusiastically.

His colleague, Egyptian archeologist Sabri Abdel-Aziz, said that after the discovery of the burial place of Amenhotep I it would be hard to expect new discoveries of such importance. According to a Russian book "Empire" written by G. Nosovsky and A. Fomenko, "famous 18th dynasty dates back to 1570-1342 B.C. According to our concept, this dynasty is a reflection of Ottoman Empire of the second half of XVI-XVI centuries A.D." Then the authors give a chronological shift of about 2800 years.

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Wow an unlooted tomb that would be amazing!!! There is thought the Egyptian Medical Papyrus is buried with him!!!
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Pithy Cherub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-17-05 11:50 PM
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1. This has so many possibilites.
It would be fabulous if there is complimentary or never before known texts that would be examined. C'mon archaeologists, it will be a great long while before everything is catalogued before scholars can get started. :applause:
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-18-05 12:05 AM
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2. He was an important Pharoah, wasn't he?
My Egyptology is weak these days, but he was a pivotal figure in Egypt's middle period, IIRC. The article seems to say that.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-18-05 12:29 AM
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5. Wikipedia is a good summary resource on Egyptology
Amenhotep I is described at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amenhotep_I

He's not that remarkable, but it seems what we know of Ancient Egyptian medicine dates from his reign.
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burrowowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-18-05 12:17 AM
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3. WoW!
That is happy news for once!
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Ready4Change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-18-05 12:19 AM
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4. Ooo! Or more Mummy Movie fodder!
It could be cursed. Opening the tomb could re-unleash a great evil that the vast powers of ancient Egyptian Magi could only barely contain, but never destroy.

Didn't we just have plagues of locusts?

It's a Sign! It's a Sign!


:silly:
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onager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-18-05 12:13 PM
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12. Heh! Sorry, no tomb curses...
But your response made me...

:rofl:

I've spent two months working in Egypt this year, so naturally I took some related books with me.

Howard Carter got so tired of questions about "tomb curses" in re Tut, he finally just quit responding to any letter/reporter who mentioned them.

Dr. Hawass spoke about the same subject recently in the local Egyptian press. IIRC, I read it the day before I left Alexandria, week before last.

Anyhow, the ancient Egyptian religion didn't do tomb curses. There was no such thing as a tomb curse in the entire theology.

According to Dr. Hawass, people tend to believe they are seeing a tomb curse when they see the official seals on the tomb doors--these often feature Osiris or Anubis looking scary, along with other death symbols (not too surprisingly). But the seals were just an official way to show that the tomb hadn't been entered, at least thru the front door.

Plagues of locusts? Pshaw! Last year Egypt had a couple of locust swarms that were measured in MILES (or kilometers). They're pretty used to that sort of thing.

Standard Disclaimer: as an atheist, the ancient Egyptian religion makes as much sense as anything I ever heard the Pope or Jerry Falwell say.

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Greylyn58 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-18-05 12:30 AM
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6. This is so cool!!
It would so fantastic if this turns out to be a significant find and an unlooted tomb.

I love listening to Dr. Zahi Hawass speak. He is a very interesting guy and very passionate about his work.

Here's a short bio on this Pharaoh:

Djeserkare Amenhotep I (d. 1504 BC) was the second Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty of Egypt. He ruled from 1525 BC to 1504 BC.

Amenhotep I was the third son of Ahmose and Ahmose-Nefertari. His elder brothers both preceded him in death clearing the way for his ascension to the throne in 1525 BC. Invaders from Libya took advantage of the death of Ahmose to move into the western Nile Delta, prompting an immediate campaign for the new king. Despite Amenhotep's inexperience the invasion was quickly rebuffed.

According to the tomb texts of Ahmose, son of Ebana, Amenhotep later sought to expand Egypt's border southward into Nubia and he lead an invasion force which defeated the Nubian response. Amenhotep commissioned the architect Ineni to expand the Temple of Karnak, including a station for the barque of Amun. Amenhotep had one son, Amunemhat, with his Great Queen Ahhotep II; Amunemhat died when he was two. Leaving no heirs, Amenhotep was succeeded by his military commander Thutmose I.

There are two possible sites for the location of Amenhotep's tomb, one high up in the Valley of the Kings, KV39 and the other at Dra' Abu el-Naga', ANB. His body was found in the Deir el-Bahri Cache above the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut and is now in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.


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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-18-05 01:13 AM
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7. Hold on. They found his body somewhere else?
But they think his tomb is unlooted? He just got up to take a walk and didn't tell anyone?

GMAFB.
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seriousstan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-18-05 01:16 AM
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8. Precious treasures and rarities will be presumably found at the burial
place.

Pravda....need I say more?
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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-18-05 02:30 AM
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9. The Headline to this post is total BULLSHIT...
"They" haven't found SQUAT!

"They" believe they have LOCATED this tomb, and "they" are currently
tunneling toward it...

But they aren't there yet; they haven't "found" a damn thing!

Even if they are correct, and find the tomb they claim to be close to,
History tells us that the odds are about 199 to 1
that this tomb will contain:

A: SEVERAL large rooms
B: Many Broken statues and defaced walls

C: And ONE crudely-dug, 3000 year-old tunnel
which LOOTERS used to remove
every valuable item they could carry away!

Sorry to sound like such a "wet blanket", but those are just the facts.

And since "they" already AGREE that his mummy was MOVED...
Well, then we should all ASSUME his tomb was looted,
cuz that's the ONLY reason that the corpses of God-Kings ever got relocated after internment.


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Chicago Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-18-05 02:39 AM
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10. Oh well its Pravda
Stal in
Put in?
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Baclava Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-18-05 02:44 AM
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11. Send in Geraldo and his excavation team!
Maybe it's really Al Capone's buried treasure.
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