Almost 3,000-year-old tomb of female singer found in Egypt

January 16, 2012
A handout picture released by Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities shows the grave
A handout picture released by Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities shows the grave of Nany of the 22nd Dynasty, a singer of the Egyptian deity Amun-Re, which was discovered near the Temple of Karnak in the southern ancient city of Luxor during excavations by Swiss archaeologists.

Swiss archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a female singer dating back almost 3,000 years in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, Antiquities Minister Mohammed Ibrahim said on Sunday.

The rare find was made accidentally by a team from Switzerland's Basel University headed by Elena Pauline-Grothe and Susanne Bickel in Karnak, near Luxor in Upper Egypt, the minister told the media in Cairo.

The woman, Nehmes Bastet, was a singer for the supreme deity Amon Ra during the Twenty-Second Dynasty (945-712 BC), according to an inscription on a wooden plaque found in the tomb.

She was the daughter of the High Priest of Amon, Ibrahim said.

The discovery is important because "it shows that the Valley of the Kings was also used for the burial of ordinary individuals and priests of the Twenty-Second Dynasty," he added.

Until now the only found in the historic valley were those linked to ancient Egyptian royal families.

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dogbert
1.2 / 5 (6) Jan 16, 2012
It seems unlikely that any graves in early Egypt will be left unsullied.
Xbw
1 / 5 (2) Jan 16, 2012
Heh I didn't know singer was a big thing back then. That's actually kind of interesting. Was she mummified because she was a singer or because she was the daughter of a high priest.
Sean_W
3.7 / 5 (3) Jan 16, 2012
It seems unlikely that any graves in early Egypt will be left unsullied.


You would rather it stay hidden long enough to turn to dust?
dogbert
1.2 / 5 (6) Jan 16, 2012
Sean_W

You would rather it stay hidden long enough to turn to dust?


You apparently have no problem with grave robbing.
aroc91
5 / 5 (1) Jan 16, 2012
Sean_W

You would rather it stay hidden long enough to turn to dust?


You apparently have no problem with grave robbing.


Either we don't do anything and let it disappear or we take it apart and document it, for the sake of knowledge.
MarkyMark
not rated yet Jan 24, 2012
It seems unlikely that any graves in early Egypt will be left unsullied.


You would rather it stay hidden long enough to turn to dust?

Of course he would afterall he needs less not more evidence against the bs he regually masterbates too and splatts as replies on this site!

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