More on Ancient tomb unearthed in Upper Egypt
|Deir Al-Barsha necropolis at al Minya [Credit: Web]|
Mohamed Ismail, the director of Foreign Missions Affairs at the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA), pointed out that a collection of ritual objects in alabaster, faience, copper and pottery was found in its original position – embedded in the dried lime crust. It includes many alabaster model vessels, offering table head rests, faience libation vases, copper vases and dishes.
|Among the grave goods recovered from the tomb are libation vessels (above), alanaster head reasts (centre) and copper vases [Credit: Ahram Online]|
Harco Willems, field director of the Belgian mission, told Ahram Online that the coffin remains discovered in the burial are in bad condition, yet early studies reveal that the coffin remains were inscribed with texts showing that it was the burial of a man called Djehutinakht.
This is important, Willems asserted, because the inscriptions in the Ahanakht tomb also mention his father, also Djehutinakht. This man had an offering place in the tomb, which suggests that Ahanakht buried his father in his own tomb. “Djehutinakht is known to have been the last nomarch of the Hare Nome of the First Intermediate Period. It can now be concluded that this person was buried here.”
The coffin is inscribed with a group of Coffin Texts among the most important religious texts of the Middle Kingdom, forming the link between the royal Pyramid Texts of the Old Kingdom and the famous Book of the Dead of the New Kingdom.
Author: Nevine El-Aref | Source: Ahram Online [May 30, 2012]