Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Egyptian tax return discovered


They say nothing is certain but death and taxes – and the discovery of ancient shards of pottery covered in tax returns shows that even the ancient Egyptians could not escape.

The pots, unearthed recently in a dusty crate at the Dorset mansion of William John Bankes, which he left to the National Trust in 1892, show that the everyday life of ancient peoples was not too different from ours.

Some of the shards date from about 1200BC and originate from the island of Elephantine. They are written in three languages and five scripts. Dr Brian Muhs, an Egyptologist said: 'Some show the lives of farmers were very hard and they ended each year in debt. 'Many things have remained much the same.'

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