Monday, February 19, 2007

Breaking news from Egypt Via the EEF:

Press report: "Mud Tomb Found Near Oldest Egypt Pyramid":

"A mud brick tomb dating back more than 4,000 years has been
discovered near Egypt's most ancient pyramid in the Saqqara
complex south of Cairo. (...) The tomb, which was found by
an Egyptian-Australian mission, belonged to Ka-Hay, who kept
divine records, and his wife. (..). Excavators found five wooden
statues depicting the tomb's owner and his wife in a niche at
the tomb's forefront. Among the wooden figures was a unique
double statue of a seated and his wife. "
[The report has a photo of one of the statues.]

Press report: "Archaeologists find rare wooden statue in Egypt":
"A rare double wooden statue of an ancient Egyptian scribe and
his wife has been found in their tomb south of Cairo (...) The
double statue, dating from around 2300 BC, was among a total of
five wooden statues found at the tomb in Sakkara. (...)
The official was Ka-Hay, who kept divine records, and his wife,
Spri-Ankh. They lived late in the 5th dynasty or early in the 6th
and were buried in the part of the necropolis associated with the
pharaoh Teti."