New Kingdom Necropolis

The New Kingdom Necropolis is located at Saqqara and dates back to early dynastic times. It lies at the south of the complex of king Djoser and to the east of the complex of Sekhemkhet, This tomb was built by Horemheb before he ascended the throne after Tutankhamun's death.

 

Tomb of king Horemheb:

 

It was constructed in three phases, probably reflecting the rise of Horemheb´s power, Horemheb constructed a second one in the Theban Valley of the KingsThe superstructure of Horemheb's tomb is about 65 m long and 20 m wide, the tomb of Horemheb was found by excavators in 1975. It is like many tombs at Memphis, it consists of a first pylon, forecourt, second pylon, outer courtyard, statue room flanked by two storerooms, inner courtyard, and three offering-chapels.

 

Tomb of Maya and Merit:

 

Maya was overseer of the treasury and worked during the king Tutankhamun. This tomb was discovered in 1987 at Saqqara. At Tutankhamun's death, Maya was responsible for the royal burial, which contained objects inscribed with his name. His wife Merit had predeceased him and since the couple had two daughters only, the funeral was led by Maya's half-brother Nahuher.

 

 

Tomb of Ramose:

 

Ramose was a contemporary of Horemheb and held the title Troop commander and Deputy of the Army, he owed the privilege to be buried next to his master to this trusted position. Originally the tomb consists of an outer court, thereafter an inner court with a shaft to the lower gallery, all walls are built in mud brick, there are no pylons but instead the gateways have westward returns for the walls to appear thicker.

 

Tomb of Tia and Tia:

 

Tia, the man, was Overseer of the Treasury under King Ramses II and Tia, the woman, was sister of Ramses II, The position of the tomb is significant: it was constructed on the north side alongside Horemheb's monument, because the latter was regarded as the founding father of the ruling Dynasty. In the west wall of this courtyard is the entrance, a deep shaft to the burial chambers below.

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