Human sacrifices buried alive in necropolis
It does not get better than this. This site pre-dates the pyramids (the necropolis site, not this blog). One day I will make it to Egypt. The BBC (dare I say it) digs up the story:
Archaeologists say they have found the largest funerary complex yet dating from the earliest era of ancient Egypt, more than 5,000 years ago. The necropolis was discovered by a joint US and Egyptian team in the Kom al-Ahmar region, around 600 km (370 miles) south of the capital, Cairo. Inside the tombs, the archaeologists found a cow's head carved from flint and the remains of seven people. They believe four of them were buried alive as human sacrifices.Seriously, as a reader, does the excitement I feel about this come through? From The Mummy (1932 version): Sir Joseph Whemple: [translating inscription on box] "Death... eternal punishment... for... anyone... who... opens... this... casket. In the name... of Amon-Ra... the king of the gods." Good heavens, what a terrible curse! Ralph Norton: [eagerly] Well, let's see what's inside!