Wednesday,19 June, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1408, (6 - 12 September 2018)
Wednesday,19 June, 2019
Issue 1408, (6 - 12 September 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Tombs revealed

THE TOMBS of the Old Kingdom officials Mehu and Tiye will soon be open to the public following extensive restoration, writes Nevine El-Aref.

“The tombs have great aesthetic and architectural as well as archaeological value,” Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany told Al-Ahram Weekly.


The mastaba tomb of the Sixth Dynasty vizier Mehu has been closed to the public since it was discovered by an Egyptian mission in 1940. It is lavishly decorated with scenes depicting hunting, farming and religious ceremonies as well as the baking of bread, brewing of beer and the preparation of water fowl for the table.

The mastaba tomb of Tiye, overseer of the pyramids of Fifth Dynasty kings, is being readied for opening by a Czech-Egyptian team that is currently installing a new lighting system and ramp to facilitate wheelchair access.


To the north of the mastaba tombs lies King Djoser’s own tomb with exquisite faience tiles outlining the doors and arches. In a few months, it too will be opening to the public for the first time since it was discovered. Together, the three burial chambers are expected to become a highlight of the extensive Saqqara necropolis.

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