We here at Misky love old books. Perhaps as we get older, we wish we could live as long as some of these old relics!
We also get frustrated with libraries and museums because they can be simultaneously covetousness of their holdings, and yet careless. Here is yet another example. IT took scholars a century to uncover fragments of the very important Egyptian Book of the Dead. Amenhotep preserve us from bureaucratic admins who lock up important relics never to be seen again, and yet as likely sell them for $1 on the discard table.
The last missing pages from a supposedly ‘magical’ Book of the Dead from an Egyptian priest, Amenhotep, have been found after a century-long search – in a museum in Queensland.
British Museum Egyptologist Dr John Taylor said he was ‘floored’ by the discovery of the 100 fragments.
It’s the end of a worldwide search by archaeologists for the papyrus scroll – which supposedly contains spells to guide spirits into the afterlife. Read more
Written in about 1450 B.C. (B.C.E.) this 3500 year old document comes from the unusual historical era of Amenhotep II. It is an early example of a Book of the Dead manuscript that has several unusual features found on only four or five extant manuscripts.