We’ve all learned in our History classes that the cradles of civilization began in places where rivers flowed abundantly, as the soil beside these rivers were at their most fertile. As a refresher, there are at least four rivers that held the beginnings of life: the Tigris-Euphrates River in Mesopotamia, the Indus River in the Indian sub-continent, the Yellow River in China, and the Nile River in Egypt.
Asians can proudly boast three of these sites as having culminated in their beloved continent. The one lone site that sits outside Asia is the Nile River in Egypt and it has captured the imagination of many, not just because of its rich history, but because of the number of treasures that lie within and beneath it. The Nile is touted as the longest river in the world and runs through ten other countries besides Egypt. And deep in the confines of Dangeil in Sudan, among other places, a 2,000 year old cemetery was discovered and the artifacts that emerged from that excavation were of true historical significance.
10 Semi-triangular shaped tombs
9 “Evil eye” box (faience box)
8 Silver ring
7 Party tray with seven bowls
6 Pottery beer jars
4 Archer’s noose
3 Sunken port city of Thonis-Heracleion
2 Treasures in King Tut’s Tomb
1 Granite Statue of Sekhmet
The ancient city of Thebes was a mecca of some of the most valuable objects in the world, for treasure hunters and archaeologists alike. Today known as Luxor, the city is now a popular tourist destination and lies on either side of the Nile. Many of the artifacts found in Thebes have since been placed in museums around the world, including statues made of granite. One such figure is the statue of Sekhmet, the Egyptian warrior goddess depicted as a human body with the head of a lioness. There are still at least 300 statues of the same quality standing in the temple of Mut at Kranak.
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