Not recent bit not old either. Its interesting to see and read about the artifacts that are found with the dead they can tell you a lot about the culture of the deceased.
The Pyramid Texts were funerary inscriptions that were written on the walls of the early Ancient Egyptian pyramids at Sakkara.
These date back to the fifth and sixth dynasties, approximately the years 2350-2175 B.C.E. However, because of extensive internal evidence, it is believed that they were composed much earlier, circa 3000 B.C.E.
The Pyramid Texts are, therefore, essentially the oldest sacred texts known.
First off let me thank the powers that be for adding this forum. I think it would be a good idea to create a thread for each ancient civilization and their writings. That way we are not searching through a 50 page thread for a particular civilization. Lets start with this one:
MAYA HIEROGLYPHIC WRITING
The Ancient Maya Codices
The tomb which was unmarked and only identified as a depression in the ground was known as KV 40 (Kings Valley 40):
The remains of royal children and members of the royal entourage have been found in an unmarked tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. The tomb, KV 40, was only identifiable as a depression in the ground before excavations began, but the dig revealed five subterranean chambers filled with artefacts including textiles, wooden burial equipment, large numbers of pottery fragments, as well as the mummified remains of at least 50 adults and children.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Isolated topographically and culturally from the outside world for countless centuries, they may well appear on first sight to be exceedingly unlikely receptacles of highly advanced astronomical knowledge which only goes to show just how easily we can be deceived by outward appearances.
A vast and geographically varied continent, Africa is home to a great many cultures and to a thousand or more languages. Although no single set of myths and legends unites this diverse population, different culture groups and regions share some common elements.