Bone Revealed To Be From Ancient Warrior Who Revolted In Egypt

According to a new report from scientists, the excavated remains of a supposed warrior killed some 2,200 years ago provide clues about an ancient uprising, the same one described on the Rosetta stone.

Ancient Uprising

The team who made the findings were led by archaeologist Robert Littman of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and anthropological archaeologist Jay Silverstein of the University of Tyumen in Russia , who partnered up to uncover the ancient remains of the man in Thmouis, an ancient city in Egypt that’s now buried underneath earth and debris called Tell Timai in the Nile Delta.

“Most likely, the warrior we found was a casualty of the ancient Egyptian revolt,” Littman said at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research last Friday.

The initial excavations were made back in 2011, which revealed that the ancient warrior’s body (presumably after death) was thrown on the ground and simply covered in dirt in place of an actual burial. Per numerous analyses, the man likely died due to combat that took place close to where his body was found, based on arm injuries that were found, both healed and unhealed. There were also fractures found in the skeleton. Just near the man’s skeleton, Littman’s team was able to uncover a burned arrowhead as well as some ballista balls. In ancient Egypt, these balls were usually hurled by catapults as an offensive measure.

The Rosetta Stone

As one of the most famous objects in the British Museum, the Rosetta Stone is carved sometime in 196 B.C., and is best known for bearing an official message in three scripts, which includes one in ancient Greek that let scholars to decipher another written in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. Featuring 14 lines of hieroglyphic script, the message described a military victory during the reign of Ptolemy V, where his Greek dynasty won against an Egyptian revolt.

Per Littman, the warrior most probably died during that time since coins excavated near his remains dated to the same time as the revolt. Whether the warrior was with Ptolemy V or against him is unclear, however.

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