Friday, March 30, 2007

More re flowers from the tomb of Djehuty

Nevine El-Aref writes about the lastest discoveries from the tomb of Djehuty: "The discovery in 2003 of the tomb of Djehuty, overseer of works at Thebes during Queen Hatshepsut's reign, amazed Egyptologists and historians not only because of its distinguished and uncommon architectural design and decorative scenes, but also for the artefacts found within its corridors -- objects from different dynasties piled in the tomb to form a haphazard treasury. These finds, made at Draa Abul-Nagaa on Luxor's west bank by a Spanish-Egyptian archaeological team, revealed more details about an unusual time in Egypt's ancient history.
This week after six consecutive concessions, the mission has unearthed instruments used at the funeral inside the tomb that add emphasis to the importance of Djehuty's position.
While cleaning the debris in the tomb's open courtyard archaeologists found a 70cm-deep pit containing 42 clay vases and 42 flower bouquets."
See the above story for details, and a photograph of the floral remains.

The site has a website dedicated to it at:
The main site is in Spanish, but there are English and Arabic pages on it as well, which can be accessed by clicking on the flag, top left. The English pages include an image gallery from the 2006 season.

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