Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Aaron Miller has confirmed that the archaeologists shown at work in his photo are working near Deir-el-Bahri and not in the Western Valley of the Kings (although we know that there is an excavation underway there too, protected by armed guards). I'm still hoping that Aaron might have, and allow me to post, a higher resolution version.  In the interim, Hans Schoens has kindly provided a picture of that area of the cliffs taken a couple of years ago.

Deir el-Bahri

If you open both images you'll notice there's a tomb to the left of Hans' photo which has an entrance shaped like a hammer head which corresponds to the tomb at the top of the slope shown in Aaron's photo.  (Click on the image above if you want to see a bigger version.)  It shows that a very definite path has been worn (or created).

If you'd like to see more photos from Hans, he has an extensive collection of photos of Egypt online but he has many others as well.


Dennis said...

Hi Kate
Look closely at the Flickr photo and see if you think that the hammer head tomb entrance blockage is still in place. Just a faint color but it looks to be there. Just opens up more questions.

Geoff Carter said...

Are those the dynasty 11 tombs associated with Mentuhotep II mortuary temple?

Anonymous said...

The tomb to the right with the fancy masonry around the opening is a pretty common tourist picture. Does anyone know exactly which tombs these 3 are? I would assume in the TT308-320 range, probably as Geoff said, the 11th dynasty ones. Anyone know exactly?

Kate Phizackerley said...

I've tried to find a tomb designation and failed. Sorry guys.

Adam, Egypt said...

Hopefully there could be something interested to read about soon :)

Anonymous said...

I've done as much digging as I could without access to a university library (A copy of Porter and Moss's topographical bibliography of ancient egyptian... would show for sure if anyone has access). I'm fairly certain after making some measurements at the "Theban tombs satellite mapping project" that the 'hammerhead' tomb is TT311, Khety, 11th dynasty treasurer to Menuhotep II. It could also be TT310 or TT 313, but I think the big open cave with the shelf above it in the middle of this picture is TT313 (Henenu).

Kate Phizackerley said...

Thanks Anonymous, I need to go up to one of the big London libraries next week - something I have never done before. I may see whether I can find a copy.

Ken said...

Sorry about the anonymous, I just got the google account working. Here is the full reference: Porter, Bertha and Rosalind Moss. Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Text, Reliefs, and Paintings. I, 1. The Theban Necropolis: Private Tombs. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1960. Pp. 386-387. On the maps in that volume, TT311 is on map III, C-4, g, 6. Kent Weeks suggested the reference when I enquired about that map. (He actually answers the 'contact tmp' form at Theban Mapping Project!)


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