Skip to comments.Archaeologists Unearth Seals Used on Pharaonic Desert Missions (Needed Red Paint)
Posted on 04/29/2005 4:35:50 PM PDT by nickcarraway
CAIRO -- Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a number of rare Pharaonic seals of soldiers sent out on desert missions in search of red paint to decorate the Pyramids, Egypt's culture minister said on April 28.
The 26 matchbox-sized seals belonged to Cheops, who ruled from 2551 to 2528 BC, in whose honor the greatest of the great pyramids of Giza southwest of Cairo was built, and show Pharaonic soldiers' ranks, the MENA news agency quoted Farouq Hosni as saying.
"These seals were used by a mission sent by Cheops to collect ferric oxide, which is necessary to make red paint," said Zahi Hawass, secretary general of the Higher Council of Antiquities.
Over 50 pottery fragments bearing imprints from the clay and stone seals were found nearby in the region of the Giza Pyramids.
"Artisans at the time needed ferric oxide to decorate the Pyramids as well as [other] material and funerary installations of the IVth dynasty," to which Cheops belonged, said Hawass. "The seals proved the official nature of the missions sent to desert regions," he added.
"The mission was made up of 400 men and a group of people whose job it was to cook during the journey," according to inscriptions on the pottery pieces. "Archaeologists also found a number of leather bags containing ferric oxide brought back by the mission," he said.
Interesting, I never thought the Pyramids were actually painted. I once lived at a house where a tenant painted the sidewalks red and then a later tenant had it sandblasted off. You could tell because the sandblasting left some around the edges.
I don't know - just my guess - but maybe they were painting pictures within the pyramid.
FeOx - Iron rust.
400 men, never delivered the rust... what killed them?
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I leave work (usually) about midnight, and often go to the store right after. Tonight I left around 12:30am, then swung into a 24 hour diner and had a patty melt (comes with fries). As part of my financial discipline, I will not eat out more than once a week. I was trying to go with "once a month", but that is too difficult. :')
But, it's pushing 3 am now, so bedtime.
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Color me dumb, but until I got to the part about their size, I thought it was the other kind of seal, beach ball on the nose kinda seal.
From a around the same era, different location, but prolly used in the same way & there are pictures, Harappa-Mohenjodaro Seals:
Nothin' better than a sizzling patty melt with fries!
They also make a good club sandwich, and I plan to try a different thing each time I go there until I've exhausted the menu (or run out of selections that I know I'll like). Next time I think I'll get the reuben. Nothing like eating kraut just before bed. ;')
and thanks GoLightly for the link:
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I know, I did the late afternoon to evening shift for years. You still want to eat when you get home at 11 PM, but you have to watch the weight gain if you eat a heavy meal that late at night.
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