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  • ancientstar@earthlink.net
    The Adanya/Danais Civilization - First Egypt Treasures of Tanis Royal riches discovered during World War II rival those of Tutankhamun, but remain virtually
    Message 1 of 3 , May 1, 2005
       
      The Adanya/Danais Civilization - 'First Egypt'
       
      Treasures of Tanis
       
      Royal riches discovered during World War II rival those
      of Tutankhamun, but remain virtually unknown.
       
      (Top wristband below, shows Tanis 'Eye of Osiris' as blue,
      a black pupil shown wide open in second wristband).
      image 
      Protective eyes of Horus adorn bracelets found on Pharaoh Sheshonq II's mummy, but engraved names indicate they were made for Sheshonq I, who is mentioned in the Bible. (Araldo de Luca)

      Millions of Americans were dazzled when the treasures of Tutankhamun toured the country in the 1970s. Now, as preparations are being made for a new exhibition, a new generation is eagerly awaiting a chance to see the boy king's royal paraphernalia. But there is another royal Egyptian treasure, from the ancient city of Tanis, in the Nile Delta northeast of Cairo, that in many ways is more spectacular yet remains virtually unknown to the general public.

      In the late 1930s and early 1940s, an entire complex of royal tombs was found intact at Tanis, yielding four gold masks, solid silver coffins, and spectacular jewelry, some even once worn by a pharaoh mentioned in the Bible. The treasures are one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. But because it was discovered during World War II, and published only in French, it went unnoticed. Even today, visitors to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo gather around Tutankhamun's gold mask and gawk, but walk right past the room in which the treasures of Tanis are displayed. And while everyone knows Howard Carter's name, that of the excavator of Tanis is Egyptological trivia. It's Pierre Montet.

      In 1939, Montet's eleventh year of excavations at Tanis, he literally struck gold. On February 27, he found the tomb of a king, identified by inscriptions as Osorkon II. There were several rooms, but all had been plundered. Still remaining, however, was a fabulous quartzite sarcophagus for Osorkon's son, Takelot II; hundreds of ushabtis (figurines of servants that would magically come to life and serve the pharaoh in the next world); alabaster jars; and other objects. It was a great discovery for Montet, but it was a difficult time for the world. As he was removing the artifacts from the tomb, Hitler was seizing Czechoslovakia.

      When the tomb was cleared, Montet discovered another, adjoining tomb, but this one was undisturbed. The wall inscriptions mentioned Psusennes I, and lying on the floor was a solid silver coffin with a falcon's head. Three days later, on March 21, Egypt's King Farouk arrived for the opening of the coffin. He was rewarded by seeing a gold face mask and beautiful gold jewelry. But there were even greater surprises. This was clearly a king, but the inscriptions showed that it was not Psusennes but instead a previously unknown king, Sheshonq II. With silver coffins and jewelry rivaling Tutankhamun's, these northern kings were obviously a force to be reckoned with, and were not weak rulers who were barely hanging on to what little power they had.

      Montet had found the intact burial of the pharaoh Sheshonq II, but the inscriptions on the wall said the tomb was built for Psusennes. Where was he? In September 1939, Germany invaded Poland. France and England responded by declaring war, but Montet continued to excavate. Once the Sheshonq burial was cleared, Montet pressed further into the tomb complex, discovering several plundered chambers. Finally, on February 15, 1940, he came to a corridor sealed by a single huge granite plug made from a section of an obelisk of Rameses II--more recycling. For six days, Montet's workmen chipped away at the block, and finally, like Carter gazing into Tutankhamun's tomb, Montet peered into the room. He could see gold and silver bowls and cups, ushabtis, and the intact pink granite sarcophagus of Psusennes. The king's face was covered with a spectacular gold mask and on his body was jewelry equal to Tutankhamun's...       http://www.archaeology.org/0505/abstracts/tanis.html

      _______________________________________________________________________________________________________
      by Bob Brier Volume 58 Number 3, May/June 2005 
      Bob Brier is Senior Research Fellow at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University and a contributing editor to ARCHAEOLOGY
      -----
      © 2005 by the Archaeological Institute of America
      www.archaeology.org/0505/abstracts/tanis.html
    • Tone
      very beautiful wristband. interesting that the eye of osiris (also called eye of horus at times is blue) From: ancientstar@earthlink.net To:
      Message 2 of 3 , May 1, 2005
        very beautiful wristband. interesting that the eye of osiris (also called eye of horus at times is blue)
        Sent: Sunday, May 01, 2005 12:48 PM
        Subject: [Ancient_History_Revisited] Treasures of Ancient Tanis

         
        The Adanya/Danais Civilization - 'First Egypt'
         
        Treasures of Tanis
         
        Royal riches discovered during World War II rival those
        of Tutankhamun, but remain virtually unknown.
         
        (Top wristband below, shows Tanis 'Eye of Osiris' as blue,
        a black pupil shown wide open in second wristband).
        image 
        Protective eyes of Horus adorn bracelets found on Pharaoh Sheshonq II's mummy, but engraved names indicate they were made for Sheshonq I, who is mentioned in the Bible. (Araldo de Luca)

        Millions of Americans were dazzled when the treasures of Tutankhamun toured the country in the 1970s. Now, as preparations are being made for a new exhibition, a new generation is eagerly awaiting a chance to see the boy king's royal paraphernalia. But there is another royal Egyptian treasure, from the ancient city of Tanis, in the Nile Delta northeast of Cairo, that in many ways is more spectacular yet remains virtually unknown to the general public.

        In the late 1930s and early 1940s, an entire complex of royal tombs was found intact at Tanis, yielding four gold masks, solid silver coffins, and spectacular jewelry, some even once worn by a pharaoh mentioned in the Bible. The treasures are one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. But because it was discovered during World War II, and published only in French, it went unnoticed. Even today, visitors to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo gather around Tutankhamun's gold mask and gawk, but walk right past the room in which the treasures of Tanis are displayed. And while everyone knows Howard Carter's name, that of the excavator of Tanis is Egyptological trivia. It's Pierre Montet.

        In 1939, Montet's eleventh year of excavations at Tanis, he literally struck gold. On February 27, he found the tomb of a king, identified by inscriptions as Osorkon II. There were several rooms, but all had been plundered. Still remaining, however, was a fabulous quartzite sarcophagus for Osorkon's son, Takelot II; hundreds of ushabtis (figurines of servants that would magically come to life and serve the pharaoh in the next world); alabaster jars; and other objects. It was a great discovery for Montet, but it was a difficult time for the world. As he was removing the artifacts from the tomb, Hitler was seizing Czechoslovakia.

        When the tomb was cleared, Montet discovered another, adjoining tomb, but this one was undisturbed. The wall inscriptions mentioned Psusennes I, and lying on the floor was a solid silver coffin with a falcon's head. Three days later, on March 21, Egypt's King Farouk arrived for the opening of the coffin. He was rewarded by seeing a gold face mask and beautiful gold jewelry. But there were even greater surprises. This was clearly a king, but the inscriptions showed that it was not Psusennes but instead a previously unknown king, Sheshonq II. With silver coffins and jewelry rivaling Tutankhamun's, these northern kings were obviously a force to be reckoned with, and were not weak rulers who were barely hanging on to what little power they had.

        Montet had found the intact burial of the pharaoh Sheshonq II, but the inscriptions on the wall said the tomb was built for Psusennes. Where was he? In September 1939, Germany invaded Poland. France and England responded by declaring war, but Montet continued to excavate. Once the Sheshonq burial was cleared, Montet pressed further into the tomb complex, discovering several plundered chambers. Finally, on February 15, 1940, he came to a corridor sealed by a single huge granite plug made from a section of an obelisk of Rameses II--more recycling. For six days, Montet's workmen chipped away at the block, and finally, like Carter gazing into Tutankhamun's tomb, Montet peered into the room. He could see gold and silver bowls and cups, ushabtis, and the intact pink granite sarcophagus of Psusennes. The king's face was covered with a spectacular gold mask and on his body was jewelry equal to Tutankhamun's...       http://www.archaeology.org/0505/abstracts/tanis.html

        _______________________________________________________________________________________________________
        by Bob Brier Volume 58 Number 3, May/June 2005 
        Bob Brier is Senior Research Fellow at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University and a contributing editor to ARCHAEOLOGY
        -----
        © 2005 by the Archaeological Institute of America
        www.archaeology.org/0505/abstracts/tanis.html




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      • ancientstar@earthlink.net
        Yes, and according to ancient writ, the Adanyas, who set up the first civilization of Egypt, whom Tanis is named after, were noted as very tall, blue-eyed
        Message 3 of 3 , May 1, 2005
          Yes, and according to ancient writ, the Adanyas, who set up
          the first civilization of Egypt, whom 'Tanis' is named after,
          were noted as very tall, blue-eyed blonds from Southern
          Arabia (and Ethiopia - the area known as 'Eden/Aden') and
          were known as the 'Adanyas/Adonais/Danoi.'  
           
          ----- Original Message -----
          From: Tone
          Sent: Sunday, May 01, 2005 10:21 AM
          Subject: Re: [Ancient_History_Revisited] Treasures of Ancient Tanis

          very beautiful wristband. interesting that the eye of osiris (also called eye of horus at times is blue)
          Sent: Sunday, May 01, 2005 12:48 PM
          Subject: [Ancient_History_Revisited] Treasures of Ancient Tanis

           
          The Adanya/Danais Civilization - 'First Egypt'
           
          Treasures of Tanis
           
          Royal riches discovered during World War II rival those
          of Tutankhamun, but remain virtually unknown.
           
          (Top wristband below, shows Tanis 'Eye of Osiris' as blue,
          a black pupil shown wide open in second wristband).
          image 
          Protective eyes of Horus adorn bracelets found on Pharaoh Sheshonq II's mummy, but engraved names indicate they were made for Sheshonq I, who is mentioned in the Bible. (Araldo de Luca)

          Millions of Americans were dazzled when the treasures of Tutankhamun toured the country in the 1970s. Now, as preparations are being made for a new exhibition, a new generation is eagerly awaiting a chance to see the boy king's royal paraphernalia. But there is another royal Egyptian treasure, from the ancient city of Tanis, in the Nile Delta northeast of Cairo, that in many ways is more spectacular yet remains virtually unknown to the general public.

          In the late 1930s and early 1940s, an entire complex of royal tombs was found intact at Tanis, yielding four gold masks, solid silver coffins, and spectacular jewelry, some even once worn by a pharaoh mentioned in the Bible. The treasures are one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. But because it was discovered during World War II, and published only in French, it went unnoticed. Even today, visitors to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo gather around Tutankhamun's gold mask and gawk, but walk right past the room in which the treasures of Tanis are displayed. And while everyone knows Howard Carter's name, that of the excavator of Tanis is Egyptological trivia. It's Pierre Montet.

          In 1939, Montet's eleventh year of excavations at Tanis, he literally struck gold. On February 27, he found the tomb of a king, identified by inscriptions as Osorkon II. There were several rooms, but all had been plundered. Still remaining, however, was a fabulous quartzite sarcophagus for Osorkon's son, Takelot II; hundreds of ushabtis (figurines of servants that would magically come to life and serve the pharaoh in the next world); alabaster jars; and other objects. It was a great discovery for Montet, but it was a difficult time for the world. As he was removing the artifacts from the tomb, Hitler was seizing Czechoslovakia.

          When the tomb was cleared, Montet discovered another, adjoining tomb, but this one was undisturbed. The wall inscriptions mentioned Psusennes I, and lying on the floor was a solid silver coffin with a falcon's head. Three days later, on March 21, Egypt's King Farouk arrived for the opening of the coffin. He was rewarded by seeing a gold face mask and beautiful gold jewelry. But there were even greater surprises. This was clearly a king, but the inscriptions showed that it was not Psusennes but instead a previously unknown king, Sheshonq II. With silver coffins and jewelry rivaling Tutankhamun's, these northern kings were obviously a force to be reckoned with, and were not weak rulers who were barely hanging on to what little power they had.

          Montet had found the intact burial of the pharaoh Sheshonq II, but the inscriptions on the wall said the tomb was built for Psusennes. Where was he? In September 1939, Germany invaded Poland. France and England responded by declaring war, but Montet continued to excavate. Once the Sheshonq burial was cleared, Montet pressed further into the tomb complex, discovering several plundered chambers. Finally, on February 15, 1940, he came to a corridor sealed by a single huge granite plug made from a section of an obelisk of Rameses II--more recycling. For six days, Montet's workmen chipped away at the block, and finally, like Carter gazing into Tutankhamun's tomb, Montet peered into the room. He could see gold and silver bowls and cups, ushabtis, and the intact pink granite sarcophagus of Psusennes. The king's face was covered with a spectacular gold mask and on his body was jewelry equal to Tutankhamun's...       http://www.archaeology.org/0505/abstracts/tanis.html

          _______________________________________________________________________________________________________
          by Bob Brier Volume 58 Number 3, May/June 2005 
          Bob Brier is Senior Research Fellow at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University and a contributing editor to ARCHAEOLOGY
          -----
          © 2005 by the Archaeological Institute of America
          www.archaeology.org/0505/abstracts/tanis.html




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