Who is buried in the 4,400-year-old Egyptian tomb?
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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about the recently discovered tomb in Egypt. There’s “On This Day”, music by request from listener Jayanta Chakrabarty – and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo above and enjoy!
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This week’s request is fromRFI Listeners Club member Jayanta Chakrabarty, who lives in New Delhi, India. Jayanta asked to hear “Et si tu n’existais pas”, or, roughly “If you did not exist”, sung by the French singer Joe Dassin.
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This week’s quiz: On 22 December, I asked you a question about Egypt. That week, we learned of the discovery of a 4,400-year-old tomb, untouched and in relatively near-perfect condition. I asked you to answer two questions about the find: where the tomb is located, and who is buried inside. It should not have been hard to find the answer: my friend and colleague Anne-Marie Bissada wrote a very good article about it on our website.
The answers are, for the place: Saqqara, an ancient city south of Cairo. Thousands of years ago, Saqqara, which is home to the celebrated Step Pyramid, was the cemetery for Memphis, the capital of the Old Kingdom.
And for the “who”: The painted decorations within the tomb appear to belong to Wahtye, a royal priest, along with his mother, wife and other family members. Officials called the find “one of a kind.” Because the tomb was hidden in the sands, it escaped looting, and is in near-perfect condition.
The discovery dates from the rule of the third king of the fifth dynasty of ancient Egypt. The fifth dynasty governed for less than two centuries, from 2500 BCE to about 2350 BCE.
Nearly three meters tall and about nine meters wide, the tomb has been under excavation since November. The walls are decorated with colorful hieroglyphs and statues of pharaohs, along with sculptures of the buried priest and his family.
In all, there are 45 statues in the grave.
The authorities suggest that more objects of archaeological significance could be discovered during the excavation of five shafts including the coffin or the sarcophagus of the priest. That excavation started this month. It will be so interesting to discover what they discover!
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Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: Andante from the Piano Concerto No 2 by Dmitri Shostakovich, performed by pianist Dmitri Shostakovich, Jr with I Musici de Montreal conducted by Maxim Shostakovich; Sacha Chaly: “Oasis Sunrise”; Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Flight of the Bumblebee”; and “Et si tu n'existais pas” by Toto Cutugno, Pierre Delanoë, Claude Lemesle, Vito Pallavicini, and Pasquale Losito, sung by Joe Dassin.
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