Monday, 23 May 2011

Tombs of Tutankhamun's’s high officials opened to public for first time

Six ancient Egyptian tombs of top New Kingdom governmental officials and nobles were officially open to the public today in an inauguration ceremony at the Saqqara Necropolis.

According to Ahram Online: "Hundred of journalists, photographers and TV anchors gathered today at the Saqqara Necropolis, 30km south of the Giza Plateau, to catch a glimpse of the tombs that the minister of state for antiquities is opening to the public for the first time. The newly inaugurated tombs belong to King Tut’s general, who later became King Horemheb; his treasurer, Maya; the steward of the temple of Aten, Meryneith; the royal butler to both King Tut and Akhenaten, Ptahemwia; the overseer of the treasury of Ramsess II, Tia and the harem overseer under King Tutankhamun, Pay and his son, Raia."

There sems to be a little confusion as to whether six or seven tombs have been opened (see stories below).

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