June 6th, 2008

New Tilley Hat

"Lost" Pyramid found after 4500 years

""Lost" Pyramid Found Buried In Egypt National Geographic 6/5/08:
The pyramid of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh has been rediscovered after being buried for generations, archaeologists announced today. (See photos and video.)

The pyramid is thought to house the tomb of King Menkauhor, who is believed to have ruled in Egypt's 5th dynasty for eight years in the mid-2400s B.C.

Long since reduced to its foundations, the structure was previously known as Number 29 or the "Headless Pyramid." It was mentioned in the mid-19th century by German archaeologist Karl Richard Lepsius.

Then it disappeared in the sands of Saqqara, a sprawling royal burial complex near current-day Cairo.

It took Egyptian archaeologists about a year and a half just to remove all the sand above the pyramid.
Okay, so a hunk of stone several thousand years old has dozens if not hundreds of people scurrying around trying to find it again for over a hundred years, then they spend more than a year digging down to it.

Makes Google searches seem... charming.

And makes what you can find on the net seem ephemeral and inconsequential. Not all data has equal value.