Tombs of the Nobles - located in, around and under the small village of Gurneh
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October 4th, 2003 – by: genkeeper
Now the catch is that the village of Gurneh sprung up LITERALLY over the necropolis, which means that you have to walk a gauntlet of begging children and hungry "tour guides" to visit each tomb. Just politely turn say "no thank you" which is "La Shukran" (by now you should be an expert at this phrase) and enjoy your time at the Tombs of the Nobles.
We were able to visit the following 7 tombs (only 7 are usually open at a time):
Scribe of the Granaries. Contains the famous female lute player accompanied by muscians and dancers scene.
Vizier to Amenhotep III and Amenhotep IV (Akhenaten). Very grand and spacious tomb with pillared halls and magnificent carved reliefs. This tomb reflects the traditional hieratic Egyptian style prevailing under Amenhotep III and the Amarna Style developed under Akhenaten.
Royal Scribe to Amenhotep II. The tomb wall paintings depict many domestic, everyday life scenes.
Vizier under Thutmosis III and his son Amenhotep II. No other tomb in Egypt offers such and extensive catalogue of real life activities in such minute detail. And to think that he wanted to take this with him to the afterlife and be remembered for these things. This tomb also contains proof that written law existed as early as 1500 B.C. There is a picture of a criminal of some kind brought to justice in a court of law. At the foot of the "judgment seat" there is roll of papyrus, which is interpreted to be the written law by which the accused will be tried. In this tomb there is also a rare representation of a temple in the process of being constructed. This is another tomb I highly recommend seeing if you can. It will help give you can idea of one way archaeologists acquire information about Ancient Egypt.
Overseer of the Granaries of Upper and Lower Egypt during the reign of Amenhotep III. At this tomb, the guard showed us the mummy of a child in a closed back room. He claimed that the child was an Ancient Egyptian. It wasn't. The child had been mummified by the natural processes that occur in deserts.
Mayor of the Southern City (Thebes) and lived during the reign of Amenhotep II. The ceiling of the tomb had painted vines all over it. On the walls, was a depiction of a funerary procession and the opening of the mouth ritual. This ritual was important because it allowed the mummy or statue to be "animated" by the magical opening of the mouth. This let the statue or mummy eat, drink and enjoy the offerings that were left at the tomb, thus allowing it to sustain the ka (the double/part of the soul that stays on in the body or statue, but was also independent of the individual and could move, drink and eat).
Scribe in the Fields of the Lord of the Two Lands of Upper and Lower Egypt. This tomb has lots of depiction of daily life.
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