Pieces of wood from the 5,000-year-old Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt disappeared from radar 70 years ago. These precious artifacts were found entirely by chance In the cigar box at the University of Aberdeen Scotland, Announced the installation, Wednesday, December 16, 2020.
One piece of pine wood is Only three objects have been found inside the pyramid In 1872 by the British archaeologist Weinman Dixon. Two of them, a ball and a bronze hook possibly used for construction, are kept in the British Museum, but traces of pieces of wood were lost. In 2001, a lead emerged: A piece of wood may have been donated to the University of Aberdeen (Scotland), but could not be found.
In 2019, an Egyptian curatorial assistant reviewed the Asian collection, with Abir Eladani stumbling upon a cigar box, embossed with an ancient Egyptian flag, before realizing it Piece of wood, Now in many pieces.
“I knew immediately what it was”
“When I saw the numbers in the register Egypt, I knew immediately what it was“Said the archaeologist.” I have previously worked on excavations in Egypt, but never imagined that it would be here in North East Scotland that I would find something so important to the heritage of my own country, ”added Abir Eladny.
At the time of his discoveries in the 19th century, Dixon accompanied Doctor James Grant, who came to Egypt to fight cholera, with whom he had sympathy. When Doctor Grant died in 1895, His collection was kept at the University of Aberdeen, Where he studied. In 1946, his daughter donated a piece of cedar to the university, but it was not listed and Could not be found despite intense search.
Recent analyzes have made it possible to date a piece of wood between 3341 BCE. E. And 3094 BC AD, or approximately 500 years before the construction of the pyramidsI. They suggest that objects found by Dixon, named “Dixon relics”, may have been abandoned by the builders.
According to Neil Curtis, the premier and exclusive collection of museums at the University of Aberdeen, the results of this carbon dating are as follows “Revelation” Which “will certainly rekindle interest in the Dixon relics and how they can shed light on the Great Pyramid”.
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