Unearthing Ancient Egypt

Statue of Pharoah Ramses IILast weekend, I encountered three Yahoo news bits regarding archaeological discoveries in Egypt. The first one is the discovery of a 3000 year-old mummy. It was identified as a high priest to the god Amun in the southern city of Luxor, antiquities supremo Zahi Hawass told the official MENA news agency on Saturday.

The next is the discovery of what is thought to be the gold source of Egypt then. The archaeologists who found the ancient gold-processing and panning camp thought that non-Egyptians called Kushites, who ruled the region, gathered gold at the site from about 2000 B.C. to 1500 B.C. and used it to trade with Egypt.

The last discovery comes from satellites from space which reportedly have spotted an ancient Egyptian city. The large project responsible for the find aims to map as much of ancient Egypt’s archaeological sites, or “tells,” as possible before they are destroyed or covered by modern development and is led by Sarah Parcak of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Among the sites found by the satellite includes a 1,600-year-old metropolis, another large city dating to 600 B.C. and a monastery from 400 A.D. among those sites which number at around 400. The said metropolis according to Parcak seems to be a massive regional center that traded with Greece, Turkey and Libya.

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