New Kingdom tombs at Saqqara

Saqqara is best known for the step pyramid of Djoser and the old tombs that are close by the pyramid. But the Saqqara site is very large and there are many other tombs, mastabas and even pyramids there. One of the biggest groups are the New Kingdom tombs, much later than the Old Kingdom step pyramid. The seven tombs of the New Kingdom, located at Saqqara, were officially opened to the public on May 23, 2011.

Map of the New Kingdom tombs at Saqqara

Map of the New Kingdom tombs at Saqqara

For those interested, here are the tombs:

• The tomb of general Horemheb (before his accession to the throne. This tomb can be visited on OsirisNet (the tomb of General Horemheb) and on the French site of Alain Guilleux (Une promenade en Égypte http://alain.guilleux.free.fr/saqqara-horemheb/saqqara-tombe-horemheb.php).

• The tomb of Maya, treasurer of Tutankhamun (see the French site of Alain Guilleux). http://alain.guilleux.free.fr/saqqara-maya/saqqara-maya.php

• The tomb of Meryneith, this high ranking character of the Amarnan period began his career under Akhenaten as scribe of the Aten temple to Akhet-Aten (Amarna) and in Memphis. He continued his career under Tutankhamun.

• The tomb of Tia and Tia (see the French site of Alain Guilleux) : this high commissioner of Ramesses II married a sister of the pharaoh, with the same name as himself. http://alain.guilleux.free.fr/saqqara-tia-et-tia/saqqara-tia.php

• The tomb of Pay and his son Raia.

• The tomb of Ptahemwia, royal head steward of the household under Akhenaten and Tutankhamun.

Relief of Hathor at the Tia tomb at Saqqara

Relief of Hathor at the Tia tomb at Saqqara

Section of pattern painted on a wall of the tomb of Maya at Saqqara

Section of pattern painted on a wall of the tomb of Maya at Saqqara

There’s lots more information to be found from the excavation team at http://www.saqqara.nl/excavations/tombs

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