Wednesday, April 07, 2010

The vizier's door

Al Ahram Wekkly (Nevine El-Aref)

According to Zahi Hawass, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), the door, which is 175cm tall, 100cm wide and 50cm thick, is engraved with religious texts as well as User's various titles: the mayor of the city; vizier; and inheriting prince.

User is believed to have come to office in the fifth year of Hatshepsut's reign. He built a tomb for himself and his wife on the west bank at Luxor (number 61). Mansour Boreik, supervisor of Luxor antiquities and head of the excavation team, said the newly-discovered door was cut from the tomb during the Roman period and used as part of a wall found several months ago by the mission.

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