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SAQQARA, Egypt - Archaeologists unveiled the tombs Tuesday of a pharaonic butler and a scribe that have been buried for more than 3,000 years proof, they say, that Egypt's sands still have secrets to reveal.
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Although archaeologists have been exploring Egypt intensively for more than 150 years, some estimate only one-third of what lies underground in Saqqara, site of the country's most ancient pyramid and burial site of kings, has been uncovered.

"The sands of Saqqara reveal lots of secrets," said Egypt's antiquities chief, Zahi Hawass, as he showed reporters a 4,000-year-old mud brick tomb that belonged to a scribe of divine records, Ka-Hay, and his wife.

The tomb, along with the butler's 3,350-year-old limestone grave and two painted coffins, were discovered earlier this year near the famous Step Pyramid of King Djoser the oldest of Egypt's more than 90 pyramids.

Hawass said the three discoveries are just the tip of what remains undiscovered at Saqqara, which was the burial grounds for Memphis, the capital of Egypt's Old Kingdom.

In December, archaeologists in Saqqara discovered the mummified remains of a doctor who was buried along with surgical tools more than 4,000 years ago. Two months earlier, the graves of three royal dentists were discovered in Saqqara after the arrest of tomb raiders led archaeologists to the site.

Hawass said the mud brick tomb unveiled Tuesday, which also featured wooden statues and a door with intricate hieroglyphic carvings, "could enrich our knowledge about the people who actually surrounded the kings of Saqqara."

"It doesn't look great because it was built from mud brick and not built of limestone, but I really believe that this tomb is very important," said Hawass, who donned his signature Indiana Jones-style hat.

Three wooden statues also were found in the tomb. Two of them, each about 3 feet tall and depicting the scribe, were laid out on pieces of foam on the ground. One was missing a left arm. The third was not shown because it was in poor condition.

After Hawass presented the tomb, workers picked up the ancient statues, placed them in the back of a pickup truck while tourists, surprised at the media commotion, quickly snapped photographs and drove them to another building in the complex.

On the other side of the Step Pyramid, archaeologists then unveiled the second tomb, which belonged to a butler who died some 3,350 years ago.

Carved out of limestone, it contained murals that showed scenes of people performing rituals and monkeys eating fruit. The blue and orange colors of the paint were surprisingly well preserved.

"This is a very, very lively scene," said Maarten Raven, the excavation's director and a curator at the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, Netherlands.

Raven said he believed other tombs from the New Kingdom, similar to the butler's, had yet to be uncovered in Saqqara, which is famous for Old Kingdom antiquities. Many of the New Kingdom tombs, which date from 1570 B.C. to 1070 B.C., can be found in the southern Egyptian city of Luxor.

"We hope one day this area will be open to visitors so people can see that Saqqara is not only Old Kingdom but New Kingdom as well," Raven said.

Hawass also unveiled two wooden coffins, 4,000 years old, that were found south of the Step Pyramid. The rectangular coffins, painted light orange with blue hieroglyphics, held human-shaped coffins known as anthropoids, containing the mummies of a priest and a woman, who Hawass said was identified in the hieroglyphics as the priest's "girlfriend."

Saqqara, a popular tourist site in the desert about 12 miles south of Cairo, hosts a collection of temples, tombs and funerary complexes. Its Step Pyramid is the forerunner of the more sophisticated pyramids in Giza, which are believed to have been built about a century later.

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thanks for the info heidi, I'm not sure if you ever knew of my fasination with egypt but I am....I think I had 5/5/2000 when you visited me. Its the book the insired my egypt fascination.
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I am fascinated with Heidi, hairback picture is HOT. Screw Egypt.
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thanks for the info heidi, I'm not sure if you ever knew of my fasination with egypt but I am....I think I had 5/5/2000 when you visited me. Its the book the insired my egypt fascination.
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I am fascinated with Heidi, hairback picture is HOT. Screw Egypt.
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Ummm thanks...but Egypt is cool :)
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I always found heidis mind more fascinating than her body. Then again her body does look hotter these days. I know I have been working out too. The rehab I got sent to for probation had workout equipment.

Anyways yea egypt is deffintly cool! Especialy the hydrolic ram pump that is the GREAT pyramid.
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I always found heidis mind more fascinating than her body. Then again her body does look hotter these days. I know I have been working out too. The rehab I got sent to for probation had workout equipment.

Anyways yea egypt is deffintly cool! Especialy the hydrolic ram pump that is the GREAT pyramid.
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You don't need to work out, jeez, you were always so skinny! But thanks for the compliment on my mind...hell, I didn't even have a mind back in those days lol
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anyways. so is this sort of thing just as addicting as chat?
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Im washing at the laundry mat right now and writing online waiting to pick up my load
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Im washing at the laundry mat right now and writing online waiting to pick up my load
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Hmmm how are you online? And you never wrote me an email back :P
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oh, cmon. So what about Osiris' tomb? I hear Hawass isn't talking about THAT. Now THAT's a story!

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oh, cmon. So what about Osiris' tomb? I hear Hawass isn't talking about THAT. Now THAT's a story!

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so what's going to happen when they find out that Akhenaton was Moses' dad and also find an early version of the old testament authored by Akhenaton ????
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Although archaeologists have been exploring Egypt intensively for more than 150 years, some estimate only one-third of what lies underground in Saqqara, site of the country's most ancient pyramid and burial site of kings, has been uncovered.
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Yeah, in case people forget, it was Napoleon in the 1800's who invaded Egypt, and discovered a mostly buried Sphinx, which began the whole craze in Egyptology. We've only been looking close at Egypt's sands for 150 years. What other secrets are yet to be discovered?

And you read in the article about the elaborately painted tombs that were discovered. And what happens to people who die now? Chuck em in a box, in a hole six feet under? Those ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome and Egypt, in alot of ways, they had things down pretty good. Spectacular even. It'd be great to see what ancient Athens was like in it's heyday. And now, after millenia in the Middle Ages where where nobody really cared, we're digging through all that old stuff! Are we discovering we're better than them or not? With their achievements thousands of years ago, history might show, we might be closer to the dark ages than them!
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Dr. Earlyne Chaney of Astara said that the incorruptible bodies of Thoth, Osiris, lie below the Great Pyramid in suspended animation awaiting the day when they will be reanimated.
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Zahi Hawgass really pisses me off.
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Zahi Hawgass really pisses me off.
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