I originally began this post by searching for the topic I wanted to write about for the last blog post: whether or not Egyptians were buried with food. I was curious because during class our professor kept reiterating the fact that the pottery inside the tombs/graves/pyramids were unused, non-domestic pieces. So what about the food? Didn’t the dead also need nourishment with their pottery?
Some sites such as wikipedia confirmed that the Egyptians were in fact buried with food, but I stumbled upon a site that was attempting to debunk what they called Ancient Egypt’s top ten myths (http://listverse.com/2011/08/29/top-10-myths-about-ancient-egypt/). After reading through the myths listed, I realized that a much better topic would be to take one or two of the myths and to find relevant current information on it that would relate to this week’s class discussions.
Some of these myths we have discussed in this class as well as in a previous class I took on Ancient Egypt such as the burial of slaves with the pharaohs. In class, we briefly brought up the topic of how the tomb of the pharaoh Horus in the Abydos Necropolis had several graves in parallel lines behind next to it where other bodies and a lion lay. It was mentioned then over the uncertainty of whether or not those were willing deaths but it was commonly thought that they were all sacrifices who had been strangled to better serve their king in the after life.
Another myth involved whether or not slaves built the pyramids which according to this site’s article they did not. In a previous class I took with this same professor, our lessons agreed with the falseness of this myth. According to the site, the builders of the pyramids were buried in tombs near the pyramids and were fed beef which was seen as a luxury food. Being buried next to the pharaoh was seen as a high honor and neither of these two honors would ever have been bestowed upon a slave.
One myth I hadn’t thought of was the decoration of the pyramids and tombs. When we say there were artifacts buried with the deceased in tombs, I still imagine that it was great riches. If the pharaohs had their ships buried in boat graves near their tombs and pyramids then why wouldn’t they have great treasures buried with them as well? No where in class have we ever discussed great treasures though, and while we might find inscribed walls to be treasure, to the untrained it is worthless.