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Posted on 04/22/2005 10:52:45 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
In the late 1930s and early 1940s, an entire complex of royal tombs was found intact at Tanis, yielding four gold masks, solid silver coffins, and spectacular jewelry... The treasures are one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time... And while everyone knows Howard Carter's name, that of the excavator of Tanis is Egyptological trivia. It's Pierre Montet... Today, as Tutankhamun once again begins a royal procession through the United States, it is good to remember Tanis and its discoverer, Pierre Montet. The treasure of Tutankhamun may be more extensive, but Montet found three intact royal burials, an achievement that will never be equaled. And when it comes to gold and jewelry, the treasures of Tanis can hold their own with even Tutankhamun's jewels.
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The ancient Egyptians believed that, after death, the heart was weighed on a scale. *Now* we know what kind of scale they were talkin' about. ;')
When I saw the name "Tanis," I immediately thought of that movie.
Big fan of the movie, but I never knew Tanis was real.
It's real, except for no Ark. ;-)
That being said, I have to respectfully disagree with Bob Brier. In February 1979 I visited the Egyptian Museum, and saw both the room with the Tanite collection, and the galleries containing the part of Tutankhamen's treasures that wasn't on tour at the time. By themselves the treasures from Tanis were all right, but if you do what I did, and see them right after coming downstairs from what King Tut had, you won't think they "can hold their own with even Tutankhamen's jewels," as Brier put it. In fact, my first impression of the Tanite stuff was, "That's not so great." Already the artwork is cruder than that of the New Kingdom, even to my untrained eye; it doesn't have the charm or grandeur of Tut's treasures. Here's a rare picture of the silver hawk-headed coffin of Shoshenk II:
Well said (all of it). I'd add that the royals were probably blissfully unaware (stupid and ignorant and unable to read hieroglyphics) and were shown "antiques" looted from earlier burials, and paid full price for the new stuff they weren't getting (or able to get, because by that time it wasn't available). :')
Note: this topic is from 2005. Or somethin'. It's a re-ping, because I was trying to remember this very topic the other day in response to someone, and (of course) can't remember who it was. [blush]
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Note: this topic is from . Nice post, Berosus.
My safe search is always off but there's no NSFW stuff there - I just wanted to see pictures of the discoveries,
Raiders of the lost Ark was a documentary. :D
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