- Title: EGYPT: ARCHAEOLOGISTS FIND 5,000 YEAR OLD SKELETON
- Date: 22nd July 1996
- Summary: TAL HASSAN DAOUD, EGYPT (JULY 22, 1996) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. LV TAL HASSAN SITE/ VIEWS OF NEW TOMBS 0.06 2. LV/ ZOOM TO CU POTTERY FOUND IN TOMBS 0.14 3. SV/CU TOMB WHICH CONTAINS THE SKELETON OF A COW AND A BABY, HEAD POINTED TOWARDS THE COW'S UDDER AS IF THE ANIMAL WERE SUCKLING A HUMAN CHILD (6 SHOTS) 0.44 4. LV/SV EXT/INT STORAGE GREENHOUSE WITH EXCAVATION FINDINGS, POTTERY AND SKELETONS (11 SHOTS) 1.29 5. SCU ANTIQUITES INSPECTOR SULEIMAN AL-SAYYID SAYS THE SITE IS VERY IMPORTANT. IT IS RICH IN TOOLS AND POTTERY SUGGESTING THE RESIDENTS WERE VERY WEALTHY (ARABIC) 2.24 6. CU/LV AL-SAYYID BRUSHING DUST OFF A SKELETON (2 SHOTS) 2.32 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 6th August 1996 13:00
- Location: TAL HASSAN DAOUD, EGYPT.
- Country: Egypt
- Reuters ID: LVA71OF4XFNO1IB3PN49DBO7Q8H3
- Story Text: INTRO: Archaeologists are hailing the find of a 5,000 year old skeleton east of Cairo as one of the most important ever.
They're now hoping to dig up a whole town buried beneath the desert for thousands of years.
Archaeologists at one of Egypt's largest and best preserved burial grounds, Tel Hassan Daoud, have dug up 37 graves so far this year and believe there are many more still to be discovered.
It is hoped the findings will throw further light on lifein Egypt during the first dynasty of the mighty pharaohs.
Tel Hassan Daoud was believed to have been an important trading centre between Egypt's Nile civilisation and countries further east.
It remained a major settlement as hundreds of tombs from the Greco-Roman period two thousand years ago testify. But one discovery from the site is still puzzling the experts - a grave with the skeletons of a cow and infant human laid out as if the cow is suckling the child.
The cow resembles the God Hathor, an Egyptian goddess depicted in ancient drawings as a cow, or cow-headed woman.
Egyptian antiquities inspector Suleiman al-Sayyid says the tombs at Tel Hassan Daoud are very significant. They are also rich with tools and pottery suggesting the residents were very wealthy.
Excited archaeologists have now widened their search for a town or some sort of settlement where the people lived.
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