Tuesday, February 28, 2006

New Mummies

In Egypt, they've discovered the first new tomb since King Tut was found in 1922! And this one contains five mummies in wooden sarcophagi.

The tomb, believed to be some 3,000 years old, dating to the 18th dynasty, does not appear to be that of a pharaoh, said Edwin Brock, co-director of the team from the University of Memphis, Tennessee, that discovered the site.
"I don't think it's a royal tomb, maybe members of the court," he told the Associated Press. "Contemporaries of Tutankhamun are possible—or of Amunhotep III [also called Amenophis III] or even Horemheb."

I've always loved the Egyptian aesthetic- it's so alien and strangely becomes so refined and elegant that it returns to an inchoate state. It never fully develops, and yet seems so fully developed as to be inhuman. These tombs keep sprouting and the aesthetic's roots spread throughout human history.

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