Diggin' Up the Facts about Archaeology!
The Great Pyramid is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world still standing. The Great Pyramid is located in Egypt. The Pyramid was built for a great reason. Pharaoh Chepos built it to be a temple to honor the gods. The Great Pyramid took over thirty years to build. It took about two million stones to build the Pyramid. Each stone weighed from one to twenty tons! This Pyramid almost covers 13 acres! Click here to learn more about the Great Pyramid.
The fortress of Masada is an amazing site. Masada is located in Israel near the Dead Sea. The Roman king, King Herod, had this great fortress built. He had beautiful palaces built high above the desert. Walls, towers and unclimbable cliffs guarded Masada. Jewish Zealots of men,women, and children made a last stand against the Romans 1,900 years ago. Rather than being slaves they all killed themselves. Under the direction of Archaeologist Yigael Yadin, archaeologists found a lot about life and wars at Masada. They found evidence of food, which told them that the Jewish Zealots had not starved to death but killed themselves. Click here to see some pictures of Masada.
The Queen's Pyramid is a new discovery. It was built for a dead queen of Egypt to be buried in. It was built around 2472 B.C.E. The entrance was made very narrow so no one could get to the Queen. The burial chamber seems to be unfinished. Either the queen never was taken there or she was stolen by thieves. Click here to learn more about the Queen's Pyramid and other pyramids of Egypt.
The mask and pectoral is made out of cartonnage. The coffin is wood and it's painted. The Egyptian, Iret-iruw, who was dead in there was from the Ptolemaic Period, 305-30 B.C.E. The Provenance is attributed to Akhmim. Another interesting fact is this: Iret-Iruw means may the eye of God be against them.
Statuette Of Nedjumu
The material is limestone, the date is the Old Kingdom (2500-2530 B.C.E.) and the provenance is Giza. Extra information on this statue is: This statuette was used at funerals for over 3,000 years. Nedjumu wears a wraparound unbleached cloth. His posture represented eternity. Click here to learn more and to see a picutre of this statuette.
The date is Middle Kingdom (1938-1759 B.C.E.), the material is paint and the provenance is El Bershe. Some extra information on this is: This was used in tombs for model scenes on the walls.
Loaf Of Bread
The date is the First Intermediate Period (2008 B.C.E.), the provenance is Deirel Berhn, and the material is bread. Some extra information on this loaf is: The loaf is approximately 4,000 years old!
Block Statue Of Nedjum
The date is New Kingdom (1279 B.C.E.), the material is Quartzite and the provenance is Memphis. This statue sits on a cushion, his body is covered with a robe and his knees are almost same height as chin.
Click here to see pictures of these artifacts and to learn more about them and other Egyptian artifacts.