Dra Abu el-Naga is a sort of suburb, if you will, of the Valley of the Kings where some tombs belonging to Seventeenth Dynasty royalty (such as Queen Ahhotep I, to the left) have been discovered, along with the tombs of Theban priests and officials.
Zahi Hawass has released a new video, which premiered at Heritage Key, with some of the recent discoveries at Dra Abu el-Naga, including some details about the tomb of Amun-Em-Opet, the Supervisor of Hunters.
Dr. Hawass relates that his team has discovered three tombs at Dra Abu el-Naga, but previously not much had been detailed about two of them. We knew that one of the tombs belonged to Amun-Em-Opet, a Theban court official who served as the Supervisor of Hunters at some point during the Eighteenth Dynasty, probably closer to the end than the beginning. But all we knew about the other two tombs was that they were “undecorated.” Odd, that, considering that they do indeed have some lovely decorations at the entrance, and are to my understanding unexcavated.
To see the video and get the rest of the details, check out Heritage Key, where I blog about it under my daytime name, Keith Payne: Dr. Zahi Hawass’ Video with the Latest Discoveries from Dra Abu el-Naga.
One additional comment I will add here. Ancient Egyptian tombs are often reused, so there is nothing too uncommon about that. It turns out that Amun-Em-Opet’s tomb was commandeered at some point by someone identified only as “Ray.” For some reason that tickled my funny bone. There’s just something kind of, I don’t know, blues-y about having your tomb jacked by some cat named Ray. It’s so very Third Intermediate Period..
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