Intact sarcophagus of Queen Behenu ± 4,000 BP

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Intact sarcophagus of Queen Behenu ± 4,000 BP

Post by Rokcet Scientist » Thu Mar 04, 2010 2:29 pm

Egyptian tomb discovered with 'spells helping travel to afterlife'

Archaeologists have unearthed the intact sarcophagus of Egypt's Queen Behenu inside her 4,000-year-old burial chamber.


Published: 12:01AM GMT 04 Mar 2010

The tomb was discovered near her pyramid in Saqqara, 20 miles south of Cairo, chief archaeologist Zahi Hawass announced.
The Old Kingdom queen's chamber was badly damaged except for two inner walls covered with spells meant to help her travel to the afterlife, he said in a statement. [...]
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... rlife.html

I'll be interested in the contents of that sarcophagus, and the state of the mummy that is suggested to still be in there. And what it may reveal after careful measurement, scanning, and analysis.
But that'll probably be a few years, I fear.

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Re: Intact sarcophagus of Queen Behenu ± 4,000 BP

Post by circumspice » Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:05 pm

http://news.discovery.com/archaeology/a ... vered.html

Although the mummy of the queen was destroyed and little remains of the burial, the team found two inner walls which contain hieroglyphics engraved on white stone known as the "Pyramid Texts."
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Post by Rokcet Scientist » Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:42 pm

How can a mummy be destroyed while the sarcophagus was described as found "intact"?

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Re: Intact sarcophagus of Queen Behenu ± 4,000 BP

Post by Minimalist » Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:03 pm

More to the point.....

What about this line?
The tomb was discovered near her pyramid in Saqqara, 20 miles south of Cairo, chief archaeologist Zahi Hawass announced.
"Near" the pyramid? Not in it?
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Post by Rokcet Scientist » Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:37 pm

Strange story.

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Re: Intact sarcophagus of Queen Behenu ± 4,000 BP

Post by Sam Salmon » Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:13 pm

Rokcet Scientist wrote:Strange story.
Maybe something was lost in translation?

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Re: Intact sarcophagus of Queen Behenu ± 4,000 BP

Post by circumspice » Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:09 pm

Rokcet Scientist wrote:How can a mummy be destroyed while the sarcophagus was described as found "intact"?
I suspect that they are infering that the sarcophagus was undamaged. Oftentimes, sarcophagi are opened and the contents are removed without damage to the sarcophagus itself.

*edit: awkward wording
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Post by Rokcet Scientist » Sat Mar 06, 2010 4:49 pm

circumspice wrote:
Rokcet Scientist wrote:How can a mummy be destroyed while the sarcophagus was described as found "intact"?
I suspect that they are infering that the sarcophagus was undamaged. Oftentimes, sarcophagi are opened and the contents are removed without damage to the sarcophagus itself.

*edit: awkward wording
"Awkward" is a euphemism, it is plain wrong! "Intact" to me means that it has not been touched/opened since it was closed (at, or even before the burial), and definitely means that everything that was in there in the first place is still in there, undisturbed.

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Re: Intact sarcophagus of Queen Behenu ± 4,000 BP

Post by Minimalist » Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:44 pm

Yeah but we don't know what the author meant by "intact." He may simply have meant "undamaged."
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Post by Rokcet Scientist » Sat Mar 06, 2010 8:38 pm

Yeah, and then there are the other 'loose ends', like finding that sarcophagus near but not in her pyramid. As if it almost, but ultimately never quite made it there...
Which might go some way to explain how it was empty.

We'll simply have to wait for a better write-up.

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Re: Intact sarcophagus of Queen Behenu ± 4,000 BP

Post by circumspice » Sat Mar 06, 2010 10:00 pm

Rokcet Scientist wrote:
circumspice wrote:
Rokcet Scientist wrote:How can a mummy be destroyed while the sarcophagus was described as found "intact"?
I suspect that they are infering that the sarcophagus was undamaged. Oftentimes, sarcophagi are opened and the contents are removed without damage to the sarcophagus itself.

*edit: awkward wording
"Awkward" is a euphemism, it is plain wrong! "Intact" to me means that it has not been touched/opened since it was closed (at, or even before the burial), and definitely means that everything that was in there in the first place is still in there, undisturbed.
Ahem... I was stating that my wording was awkward, not the article's wording. Sheesh!
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Re: Intact sarcophagus of Queen Behenu ± 4,000 BP

Post by Rokcet Scientist » Sun Mar 07, 2010 8:56 am

circumspice wrote:
Rokcet Scientist wrote:
circumspice wrote:
I suspect that they are infering that the sarcophagus was undamaged. Oftentimes, sarcophagi are opened and the contents are removed without damage to the sarcophagus itself.

*edit: awkward wording
"Awkward" is a euphemism, it is plain wrong! "Intact" to me means that it has not been touched/opened since it was closed (at, or even before the burial), and definitely means that everything that was in there in the first place is still in there, undisturbed.
Ahem... I was stating that my wording was awkward, not the article's wording. Sheesh!
So apparently both were, weren't they... 8)

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