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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Egyptian burial path

From The Scotsman:

A VETERAN archaeologist, hailed as Scotland's "Indiana Jones", has discovered one of Egypt's most elusive ancient sites 3,000 years after it was buried in the desert sand. Ian Mathieson, 78, director of Saqqara Geophysical Survey Project, has located part of a seven-mile ceremonial burial route to the Step Pyramid of Djoser, near Cairo. Treasure hunters have long tried to pinpoint the Serapeum Way, and in 1798 Napoleon sent 1,000 men. According to legend, the Greek philosopher Strabo found a partially buried golden sphinx while travelling in 24BC. A French archeologist, Mariette, unearthed part of the Way, and 134 sphinxes, in 1890 but his notes and the location were lost. snip In 2002, while looking for the Way, Mr Mathieson accidentally discovered the ancient buried town of Saqqara whose first inhabitants lived in 2500BC. He will return to Saqqara on Thursday to continue mapping the area. He said: "Who knows what might be still buried under there?"
Perhaps Prince Im-Ho-Tep?


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