Egypt archaeologists find ancient writer's tomb

April 19, 2014

Egypt's minister of antiquities says a team of Spanish archaeologists has discovered two tombs in the southern part of the country, one of them belonging to a writer and containing a trove of artifacts including reed pens and a bronze inkwell.

Mohammed Ibrahim said that the writing utensils were found next to a mummy, which is well preserved, and that the discovery was made in collaboration Egyptian archeologists.

He said the writer belonged to the pharaohs' priest class, and would have had a "great impact on the intellectual and cultural life of the era." The date to roughly 600BC, the last era of Egypt's pharaonic dynasties.

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not rated yet Apr 22, 2014
Were writers held in high esteem in Egyptian society, then? I've never come across information regarding ancient Egyptian writers, so I'd be interested in learning more about the roles they played in this culture.

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