Egypt Unwrapped: The Scorpion King (2008)

National Geographic

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Is there more behind the mythical and violent leader known simply as the Scorpion King? New evidence suggests that his achievements may have layed the foundations of Egypt. Learn more about the king who likely united ancient Egypt, organized the world’s earliest phonetic writing system, and inspired the creation of the pyramids.
* Mace heads, a stone mounted on a wooden shaft, were an early weapon of war. They were used like a club to strike enemies on the head.
* The scorpion mace head was too large to have been used as a weapon, and was clearly reserved for ceremonial purposes.
* Archaeologists believe they have found the tomb of the Scorpion King at the ancient burial site of Abydos. He was buried with 700 wine jars, several of which had come from as far away as ancient Palestine.
* The Scorpion King may have presided over the birth of phonetic writing earlier than any other civilization in the world—200 years before the first pharaohs.
* During the time of the pharaohs, Egyptian beer was a staple. This beer, made from bread, was not like today’s light and refreshing beverage—but a thick, chewy paste.
* The Scorpion King earned his name from two symbols shown on the mace head: a scorpion and a rosette.
* Along with the narma palette, the scorpion mace head was one of the first objects to provide the earliest images of Egyptian kings.
* Hieroglyphic numerals etched inside the scorpion King’s tomb showed writing began in Egypt earlier than previously recognized.

Read more: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/egypt-unwrapped/3913/facts#ixzz0vwcapFMC

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