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Oldest Egyptian writing on papyrus displayed for first time
Yahoo News ^ | 7/14/16 | AFP

Posted on 07/14/2016 3:35:11 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

Cairo (AFP) - The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is showcasing for the first time the earliest writing from ancient Egypt found on papyrus, detailing work on the Great Pyramid of Giza, antiquities officials said Thursday.

The papyri were discovered near Wadi el-Jarf port, 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of the Gulf of Suez town of Zafarana, the antiquities ministry said.

The find by a French-Egyptian team unearths papers telling of the daily lives of port workers who transported huge limestone blocks to Cairo during King Khufu's rule to build the Great Pyramid, intended to be his burial structure.

One document was a "diary by government official Merer (the beloved) with statistics and administrative details" of his work, said Sayed Mahfouz, who co-led the 2013 discovery.

Merer led a team of around 40, according to the ministry.

The documents also list revenues transferred from various Egyptian provinces to feed pyramid builders and pay their wages, Mahfouz said.

Revenue was written in red, while what was paid to workers would be written in black, said Mahfouz.

"It gives for every day an account of the work of this crew transporting limestone blocks from the quarries of Turah on the east bank of the Nile to the Pyramid of Khufu at Giza plateau through the Nile and its canals," the ministry said.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History; Society
KEYWORDS: archaeology; cairo; egypt; egyptian; epigraphyandlanguage; giza; godsgravesglyphs; greatpyramid; khufu; merer; oldest; papyri; papyrus; tura; wadieljarf; writing

A papyri is displayed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo during an exhibition
of King Khufu's papyris, on July 14, 2016 (AFP Photo/Mohamed El-Raai)

1 posted on 07/14/2016 3:35:11 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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In the upper right, it says Eat at Sal’s Pizza Palace. ;-)


2 posted on 07/14/2016 3:36:36 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Mission:Semper Fi)
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well, it used to,, maybe.


3 posted on 07/14/2016 3:38:35 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Mission:Semper Fi .. Donate Today or Watch FR go the way of the telegraph)
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To: NormsRevenge

I think it says that plans not meeting Khufucare standards will be taxed at a higher rate than papyrus plans.


4 posted on 07/14/2016 3:46:21 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: NormsRevenge
Revenue was written in red, while what was paid to workers would be written in black

But nowadays it's revenues black, expenses red.

Dang. We've had it wrong all these millenia.

5 posted on 07/14/2016 4:11:13 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: MUDDOG

Nope, deficit spending by governments goes WAY back, that’s all.


6 posted on 07/14/2016 4:14:12 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: NormsRevenge

Translation:

“be sure to drink yor khufu-tine”

CC


7 posted on 07/14/2016 4:27:20 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (CC: purveyor of cryptic, snarky posts since December, 2000..)
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To: NormsRevenge

any find that helps explain how the pyramids were built and the numbers of those involved is pretty darn cool


8 posted on 07/14/2016 5:03:47 PM PDT by blueplum (March 11, 2016 - the day the First Amendment died?)
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To: blueplum
Who needs a papyrus? Herodotus explained it all.

/s

9 posted on 07/14/2016 7:31:48 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: NormsRevenge
The find by a French-Egyptian team unearths papers telling of the daily lives of port workers who transported huge limestone blocks to Cairo during King Khufu's rule to build repair the Great Pyramid, intended to be his burial structure.
10 posted on 07/15/2016 4:49:14 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: blueplum

There is nothing explaining HOW or WHEN the pyramids were built. Everything known is based on either hearsay or forgeries and boasting. All else is a party line.


11 posted on 07/15/2016 4:51:36 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; 31R1O; ...
Note: this topic is from 07/14/2016. Thanks NormsRevenge.

12 posted on 01/13/2019 1:16:42 AM PST by SunkenCiv (and btw -- https://www.gofundme.com/for-rotator-cuff-repair-surgery)
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To: NormsRevenge

I guess the part about the flying saucers is missing.


13 posted on 01/13/2019 1:58:16 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Fox News: "We distort, you deride")
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To: NormsRevenge

IOW, Tax records............................

Thousands and thousands of small clay tablets can be found strewn all over the Levant, even along the sides of roads, but archaeologists did not know what they were until they had deciphered the cuneiform writings.

Tax records.........................


14 posted on 01/14/2019 6:22:52 AM PST by Red Badger (We are headed for a Civil War. It won't be nice like the last one....................)
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To: NormsRevenge
. . . feed pyramid builders and pay their wages

Common belief is they were slaves. Or are we talking supervisors here?

15 posted on 01/15/2019 8:38:26 AM PST by Andyman (The truth shall make you FReep.)
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To: Celtic Conservative

A crummy commercial! Son of a bitch!


16 posted on 01/15/2019 8:39:01 AM PST by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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Lolz!

CC


17 posted on 01/15/2019 1:51:03 PM PST by Celtic Conservative (My cats are more amusing than 200 channels worth of TV.)
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