As we come to an end of another exciting year in the world of archeology and learning more about the past, a great deal of discoveries have been recorded and the findings shared with the public. In this article, you will encounter some of the interesting finds that archeologists have had the privilege of becoming a part of (such as an old tomb in Egypt), as well as relevant information such as the death of a prominent Iranian archeologist.
Old Tomb Highlights Burial Customs in Egypt
The 4,500-year-old tomb of an Egyptian official has been unsealed by archeologists, which will allow us to learn a bit more about how the middle class was buried during ancient Egyptian times. The tomb once belonged to a fifth dynasty priest and politician named Neferinpu. While the tomb was opened in January of 2008, the discovery was actually made in 2006.
The ancient cemetery of the fifth and 26th dynasties (Abusir) is the location of the final resting place of Neferinpu, which can be found close to modern-day Cairo. He was wealthy at the time of his death, but not overly rich, which indicates the position of top priest. His burial chamber was hidden behind a wall made out of mud and bricks , situated to the east of an ancient burial shaft.
Upon opening the burial chamber, archeologists discovered a small room located about 33 feet below ground. Inside, offerings and personal effects were found that haven’t been touched or looked at for almost 4,500 years. Some of the finds include more than 80 miniature limestone vessels, 10 sealed beer jars, small perfume jug, and symbolic plates and cups (usually set aside for offerings). Luckily, the tomb of Neferinpu managed to survive looters and will provide many answers surrounding Egyptian burial customs.
For a more specific look at the excavations, discoveries, and thrilling finds of the ancient world, check out the Unexplainable recap of newsworthy headlines for 2008 (separated by month), which touches upon 100,000-year-old human skulls, the exploration of ancient civilizations, and mesmerizing artifacts that unlock the secrets of the past.
An Ultra-Modern Lab Found at Bulgaria’s Archaeological Museum
When it comes to one of the most modern laboratories for conservation and restoration associated with archaeological findings, there is no denying the advancements surrounding the Archaeological Museum found in Sofia, Bulgaria. Thanks to money given to the lab from the Japanese government, 2008 May headlines revealed that the laboratory is equipped with the latest in technology and machinery. A donation of $375 000 was delivered for the lab equipment, which includes a digital microscope that possesses the capacity to magnify objects 3000 times its size.
Well-Known Iranian Archaeologist Azarnush Dies at 63
In November, the Iranian Center for Archaeological Research and beyond mourned the death of their former director, archaeologist Masud Azarnush, who passed away due to a heart attack at the age of 63. In the world of culture and ancient studies, Azarnush was recognized as one of the most outstanding researchers and experts at the research center of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (also known as CHTHO). Some of his accomplishments included the establishment of a technical library at the research center, as well as made it easier for foreign archaeologists to pursue research in Iran. When he wasn’t consumed with teaching, Azarnush spent his time conducting excavation at a handful of historical sites.