Archaeology: Search for the First Intellectual

For three fruitful decades Archaeologist Walter Emery of the University of London has been exploring the inexhaustible sands of Egypt. Much of his work was done near the great Step Pyramid at Saqqara, 15 miles from Cairo, where he excavated nine mastabas (tombs capping burial shafts) of the earliest Pharaohs. This season he picked a low-lying stretch of desert north of the pyramid, where the soil was colored by pottery fragments. Somehow, the archaeologists who have worked over the area year after year had all missed the promising spot.

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