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Archaeologists Uncover Lost Population of Ancient Amarna
Popular Archaeology ^ | Thursday, July 17, 2014 | unattributed

Posted on 07/21/2014 9:34:54 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

...the burials of the deceased of the estimated 30,000 commoners and laborers remained elusive – until 2001, when archaeologist Barry Kemp of the University of Cambridge began to see the first signs. Kemp has directed excavations and surveys at Amarna for the Egypt Exploration Society since 1977.

“The puzzle seems now to have been solved,” says Kemp. “ It has come about through the desert GPS survey begun in 2001 and continued in subsequent years. First came the discovery of two cemeteries (clearly robbed) of what must be relatively poor graves on the flat desert not far from tomb no. 6 (of Panehesy), the southernmost of the North Tombs. The surface pottery is appropriate to the Amarna period. In 2003 a third cemetery was discovered on the east side of a narrow wadi which runs back into the low escarpment behind tomb 25 of the South Tombs group. In 2004 two further cemeteries likely to be of the Amarna Period were located on the floor of another wadi which cuts through the cliffs where the North Tombs are located.”

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: amarna; godsgravesglyphs

View of the interior of the tomb of Panehesy. Mutnedjet, Wikimedia Commons

View of the interior of the tomb of Panehesy. Mutnedjet, Wikimedia Commons

1 posted on 07/21/2014 9:34:54 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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http://www.amarnaproject.com/


2 posted on 07/21/2014 9:35:21 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ...
One of *those* topics.

3 posted on 07/21/2014 9:37:14 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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4 posted on 07/21/2014 9:37:18 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Geez, I don’t see much point in digging into a “commoner” cemetery. After all, there likely won’t be any golden goodies to find.


5 posted on 07/21/2014 11:15:58 AM PDT by wildbill
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To: SunkenCiv

Ah, yes. The laborers who like those happy Dwarves, whistled their way to work every morning.


6 posted on 07/21/2014 3:22:47 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

Yeah, heh, a city less than 20 years in duration, and has a cemetery of 30,000 (and that’s just what’s known so far — but there was no slave labor in ancient Egypt.


7 posted on 07/22/2014 3:52:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: wildbill

All the more reason.


8 posted on 07/22/2014 3:58:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: wildbill

Plus, it annoys those who call archaeology “graverobbing”.


9 posted on 07/22/2014 3:59:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
... but there was no slave labor in ancient Egypt.

Pardon me? Egypt certainly did have slave labor. I don't think there was any ancient civilization did not have slave labor.

10 posted on 07/22/2014 4:08:30 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
Egypt certainly did have slave labor

At the Pyramid-raisings? Are you kidding? With their all-you-can-eat buffets, beer on ice starting at noon and festive dances under the stars afterword?

11 posted on 07/22/2014 4:24:11 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

Exactly.


12 posted on 07/22/2014 5:04:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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