Skip to comments.Six Old Kingdom tombs to be opened at Giza Plateau
Posted on 03/27/2012 3:54:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
The first one belongs to Princess Mersankh, the granddaughter of King Khufu. This tomb was originally built for her mother, Queen Hetepheres II, but on Mersankh's sudden death the tomb was donated to her. The tomb was discovered in 1927 by archaeologist George Reisner where a black granite sarcophagus was found along with a set of Canopic jars, and a limestone statue depicting Queen Hetepheres II embracing her daughter. The sarcophagus is now in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo while the statue is in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
The second tomb belongs to Seshem-Nefer, the overseer of the two seats of the House of Life and keeper of the king's secrets. "It is one of the largest tombs on the Giza Plateau," Ali El-Asfar, director general of archaeology on the plateau, told Ahram Online, adding that it contains funerary, hunting and offering scenes, as well as a depiction of the Seshem-Nefer's daily life.
The third tomb belongs to Senefru-Kha-Ef, the king's treasurer and priest of the god Apis. El-Asfar said that the tomb's inner walls also reveal typical scenes of the dead official and his children.
The fourth tomb was constructed for Nefer, the overseer of the soul priests. Its walls are decorated with scenes showing the Nefer's daily life with his family and dog.
The fifth tomb belongs to Yassen, the overseer of the king's farms. The sixth tomb was for Ka-Em-Ankh, overseer of the royal treasury.
(Excerpt) Read more at english.ahram.org.eg ...
Ancient Egyptian tombs to be reopened | Sean McLachlan | Tuesday, March 27, 2012 -- A visit to the pyramids at Giza in Egypt has just become even more interesting with the imminent reopening of six ancient Egyptian tombs nearby.
The tombs have been closed for many years for restoration, including the removal of graffiti left by people who don't deserve to travel. The tombs are part of the Western Cemetery reserved for minor royalty and high officials of the Fourth Dynasty (c.2613-2494 BC) who were important enough to be buried near the pharaohs they served in life.
One is the tomb of Seshem-Nefer, who had the august title of "overseer of the two seats of the House of Life and keeper of the king's secrets." His large is visible in the foreground of this photo courtesy Hannah Pethen.
Other tombs include those of a royal treasurer, high priests and other functionaries. Only one of the tombs is for a member of the royal family -- Princess Mersankh, the granddaughter of King Khufu, whose pyramid is the largest in Egypt.
Several of the tombs have brightly painted scenes of daily life, such as hunting and spending time with family, making them a good way to gain insight into the world of ancient Egypt.
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That’s all great...now with the Brotherhood in charge who will visit?
see it now before the barbaric islamic scum blow it up.
I’m sure they will, but they’ll then draw straws to see who guns down all the tourists.
Meanwhile “Zahi Hawass, the former minister of state for antiquities faces charges of breaking Egypt’s antiquities law when he agreed to display rare Egyptian objects in Australia and the US”
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