I first wish to apologize for not updating in a while, but I have had a hectic few weeks. My holiday travels had several problems (as holiday travel often does), and last week I was the unfortunate victim of one of Boston’s “epidemics.” Now that I am feeling better, I wish to rectify this situation. While at work, I came across an article about archaeology in Gaza – namely, that most sites are found accidentally, not purposefully. It is a cry for more protection of ancient sites, particularly in such a hotly-contested area of the world (not to mention sacred ground for the three largest religious traditions in the world). You can read the article here.
While we are on the subject of “accidental finds,” a new find was recently announced in Egypt! Found under the mortuary temple of Pharaoh Amunhotep II in Luxor are a series of tombs which date to a more recent period than the temple itself. Archaeologists have recovered partial remains of several individuals, as well as 12 canopic jars– vessels used to hold organs considered necessary for the afterlife after they were removed during mummification. These organs – the liver, intestines, lung, and stomach – were each placed in a specific jar, the cap of which was usually carved in the depiction of the four sons of Horus (Imsety protected the liver, Qebensenuef the intestines, Hapi the lungs, and Duamutef the stomach). These gods could be depicted in their human form or, far more common, in their animal-headed form. The remains found in this tomb demonstrate the occupants were somewhat wealthy. Article
References and Further Reading:
Boyle, Alan. “Bones and Jars of the Dead Unearthed in 3,000-Year-Old Egyptian Tombs.” in CosmoLog on NBC News. January 10, 2013. http://cosmiclog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/10/16449485-bones-and-jars-of-the-dead-unearthed-in-3000-year-old-egyptian-tombs?lite
Izzidien, Ruqaya.”Gaza’s Archaeological Treasures at Risk from War and Neglect.” in BBC News. January 6, 2013. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20853440
*Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. http://www.wikipedia.com
*Yes, I am citing Wikipedia in this particular case. I am not writing particularly scholastic work in this case, and it’s good for some general background information on the subject, which is why I linked to the articles.