Singing Mummy

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Singing Mummy

Post by Dawn » 18 Jan 2012, 11:57

From New Scientist:

She sang the praises of the god Amun in the 9th century BC - now she lies in a black wooden coffin in the Valley of the Kings.

According to a brightly coloured inscription at the foot of her grave, this rare 3000-year-old mummy is Nehemes-Bastet, a singer for Amun and the daughter of a priest in Karnak, near Luxor, where the tomb was found.

It's the first time a mummy that isn't linked to the ancient Egyptian royal families has been found in the valley, home of Tutankhamun's tomb.


Archaeologists discovered the mummy after seeing traces of the tomb's entrance on 25 January 2011, at the start of the Egyptian revolution. "Due to the situation, it was immediately covered with an iron door," writes Susanne Bickel, of the University of Basel, Switzerland, in her account of the discovery. The team returned just this month to reveal what lay beneath.


The tomb has only one room, containing this single sarcophagus adorned with yellow hieroglyphs and decorations. However, the researchers believe that an even older burial, from the 15th century BC, lays beneath almost 1 metre of debris that sits under the coffin.

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Post by Dreamweaver » 18 Jan 2012, 18:06

Found after 3000 years, and to think that when this lass was buried there 600 years had already passed since it was last used, and a metre thick layer of debris accumulated. By debris do they mean rubbish? Like burying the poor lass in a rubbish tip? :eek
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Post by Dawn » 18 Jan 2012, 18:58

I think they mean dirt, rocks, the general load of rubbish you get when you dig a hole! :lol:

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Post by donander » 18 Jan 2012, 19:41

I'm always surprised when watching Time Team to see how far under the soil some of the finds are. Yet, others are found quite close to the surface. think-smiley
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Post by lynny » 20 Jan 2012, 11:36

I would love to travel back to this time ! If only............

....and I bet you'd come with me Dawn :biggrin:

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Post by godfather » 20 Jan 2012, 11:53

Amazing stuff under this new thread "Striped toothpaste".
I am glad that we opened it.

Thanks for the Mummy story, Dawn!

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Post by lynny » 20 Jan 2012, 14:19

Agreed GF. Thanks all.

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Post by Teddy » 22 Jan 2012, 17:45

Interesting GF. :biggrin:

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Post by Dawn » 22 Jan 2012, 18:14

I sure would Lynny Bee! Be tremendous fun, wouldn't it? :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by lynny » 24 Jan 2012, 12:21

Too right Dawnie !

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Post by Maggs » 24 Jan 2012, 16:22

You two would really 'dig it' :lol:

Please Bring me back some relics....I'm feeling lonely on my own!

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Post by lynny » 26 Jan 2012, 12:34

Come sail up the Nile with us Maggs ! :biggrin:

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Post by Maggs » 26 Jan 2012, 14:56

I've heard its polluted now, but I 'll give it a go if you promise not to to tip me overboard! Will tomorrow be good for you two?

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