New Kingdom Necropolis of Saqqara

By the Editors of the Madain Project

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The New Kingdom Necropolis, which lies to the south of the causeway of Unas, dates back to circa 1550–1069 BCE.

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It is where several important officials of the Eighteenth to Twentieth Dynasties were buried. Among them are Ptahemwia, the "Royal Butler, Clean of Hands" under Kings Akhenaten (circa 1353–1336 BCE) and Tutankhamun (circa 1336–1327 BCE), Maya, the overseer of the treasury under Tutankhamun, and Tia, the overseer of the treasury during the reign of Ramses II (circa 1279–1213 BCE). This is also the site of the tomb, which Horemheb was planning for himself before he became king.

Notable Tombs

circa 1320 BCE

Memphite Tomb of Horemheb
Horemheb began construction on this tomb when he was a general under kings Tutankhamun (circa 1332-1322 BCE) and Ay (circa 1322-1319 BCE). This tomb is in the necropolis of Saqqara, south of the Step Pyramid, and it was still under construction when he succeeded Ay as king. Then, of course, Horemheb began construction of a new tomb (KV57) for himself in the Valley of the Kings. The tomb was rediscovered by the Anglo-Dutch excavation of the Egyptian Exploration Society and the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden (RMO) in 1975 CE.

circa 1310 BCE

Tomb of Maya
The tomb of Maya, who was the Overseer of the Treasury and Overseer of Works, was found in 1986 CE and excavated between 1987-1991 CE. Beautiful relief fragments in the pylon gateway, the entrance to the inner courtyard, and that courtyard itself depict offering bearers and portraits of the tomb owner and his relatives.

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