Tomb Of Ancient Egyptian Scribe Uncovered

Discovery News and Fox News have the story with pictures. I’m sure many others will follow. Here’s how the Discovery News story begins.

The elaborate burial tomb of an ancient royal scribe has been unearthed near Ismailia, 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Cairo.
Dating to the 19th Dynasty B.C (1315-1201 BC), the burial is the first ever Ramesside-period tomb uncovered in Lower Egypt, Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said on Wednesday.

The tomb belonged to Ken Amun. There are several inscriptions including scenes from the Book of the Dead.
I haven’t written much about Egyptian scribal traditions mostly because I don’t know much about them. However, that is my failing. There’s a host of evidence for the influence of Egyptian scribal traditions throughout the ancient Levant and beyond. Just think about the use of hieratic numerals in epigraphic Hebrew as an example.

2 thoughts on “Tomb Of Ancient Egyptian Scribe Uncovered”

  1. Yeled: “Ken Amun? The name sounds so… modern.”
    Technically it is. Vowels were added arbitrarily by modern writers according to a “Budge method” to the actual spelling of Egyptian scribes (qn-ỉmn) in ignorance of the spoken vocalism of the name.

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