One of the most common fringe claims is that.
"no pyramid has been found with a body in it"
Obviously that is not correct, as their are commonly known pyramids in mesoamerica that have them, and they have been found in situ and in recent
So the claim changed
"No Egyptian pyramid has been found with a body in it"
That one is false too, but before I show the evidence for that let me briefly explore the history of that phase, "No........pyramid has been found
with a body in it"
I first came across it in early UFO materials, when Neferu-ptah was found it switched from
"No pyramid has been found with a body in it" to the more sexist, No pyramid has been found with a pharaoh in it"
Later when the Meso pyramids were found with bodies of kings it changed again
to "No Egyptian pyramids have been found with a Pharaoh inside" and the ultimate, "No Giza pyramid has been found with a Pharaoh inside".
Now the original phase has been coming back as fringe people, data mine the old UFO materials for materials.
So now to Neferu-ptah
Neferu-Ptah was a daughter of the Egyptian king Amenemhat III (c. 1860 BC to 1814 BC). She was unusual as she may have been planning to be one of the
female pharaohs, but she died young.
Her intact pyramid tomb with mummy were found at Hawara she was the daughter of Amenemhet III.
The discovery is covered here in this book.
Bob Brier, Ancient Egyptian Magic, William morrow & Company, inc NY 1981, ppg 32, 33 117-118 ISBN ISBN-13: 978-0688007966 (for the 1998 paperback
Brier's book references the pyramid of said princess on pages 32, 33 and 117 (1981 edition). The photos on page 32, however, are of hieroglyphs
from the British Museum collection that are similar to those found in Neferuptah's pyramid. I will quote here the pertinent text, so that others can
understand the conversation a bit better:
The pyramid of Neferuptah is unique in all of Egyptian archaeology. It is the only royal pyramid found unrobbed, with the mummy still in it.
Neferuptah was the daughter of the Pharaoh Amenemhet III, who ruled in the Middle Kingdom. When the pyramid was discovered, it was found that,
unfortunately, water had seeped into the burial chamber, and most of the contents of the tomb had been destroyed. Enough fragments of the sarcophagus
were recovered, however, to show that the hieroglyphs were drawn mutilated. The owls and chicks were drawn without legs. And the viper was without a
tail. This was probably done so that the animals would not escape and spoil the text.
The information on page 117 gives the translation of the inscription along the side of the offering table found in the submerged burial chamber:
May the king grant a wish to Anubis, Toth, Osiris, the great and small Enneads of the sanctuary of Upper and Lower Egypt. (May the offering be)
thousands of loaves of bread, jars of beer, oxen, r-geese, tcherp-geese, zeb-geese, ser-geese, menweb-geese, alabaster jars, clothing, incense, and
ointments, all good things upon which a god lives for the ka of the king's daughter, Neferuptah, true of voice, lady of veneration.
The granite sarcophagus was nine feet long, and half full of water when opened. When drained, they found the remains of the princess' mummy, badly
decomposed, but still with its jewelry and grave goods present.
Additional information can be found at
W. Grajetzki, The Coffin of the "King's Daughter" Neferuptah and the Sarcophagus of the "Great King's Wife" Hatshepsut, Göttinger Miszellen:
Beitrage zur ägyptologischen Diskussion, 205 (2005), 55-66
More information on Neferu-ptah
Neferu-Ptah is one of the first royal women whose name was written inside a cartouche. Although she never had the title 'king's wife', she must
have had a special status. A burial for her was prepared in the tomb of her father at Hawara. However, she was not buried there, but in a small
pyramid at Hawara. Her tomb was found intact and still contained her jewellery, a granite sarcophagus, three silver vases and other objects. Inside
the sarcophagus were found the decayed remains of two wooden coffins. The outer one was decorated with inscribed gold foil. Identical inscriptions
were found on the sarcophagus of Queen Hatshepsut , who lived about 300 years later. Her tomb is mentioned on a papyrus found at Lahun.
The above is from wiki and is probably paraphrase from multiple sources
Yet more information at N. Farag: The discovery of Neferwptah, 1971
Note the different spelling, there are multiple spellings of the name in the source materials.
And for those gluttons for knowledge:
Sauneron, Serge. The tomb of Princess Neferuptah / Serge Sauneron.
p. 6-9 : ill. ; 30 cm.
Egypt travel magazine. [Offprint]
Offprint from: Egypt travel magazine, no. 23, 1956.
The Greco-Roman Museum at Alexandria / Wilna Salinas -- Acquaintance with Egypt / Simonne Lacouture.
Now why is it not well known? 98+% of the materials on the web about pyramids are fringe sites. Since its a tradition amongst the fringe to not
research previous claims and to accept whatever is presented (if it supports their own ideas) the myth has arisen that there were no intact pyramid
burials were found.
Let us not forget Neferu-ptah
Now if we want to get technical, there is NO whole body in her intact coffin, just bone fragments, 'a soup of human matter' the linen from her
wrappings, her jewelry and other aspects of burial from that time period.
It is of course your choice to choose how you will interpret.
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