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The research team at Parennefer's Tomb In 1988 the project was assigned three tombs in the Theban necropolis to clear, study and record. The one currently under investigation is the tomb of Parennefer (TT 188), one of the few Theban tombs to be carved and decorated solely during the early years of Akhenaten. Parennefer was the young prince's pedagogue before he came to the throne, and later served as his butler. The decoration of this tomb, though badly vandalized, has cast new light on the initial stage of the Amarna revolution prior to the move to Amarna in Middle Egypt. Mummies, coffins and cartonnages prove the tomb was re-used during the 21st and 22nd dynasties, and robber tunnels have led the way to at least five new and unrecorded tombs at present covered by the collapsed gebel.

Recent Discoveries: Through ancient robber's holes in the tomb of Parennefer, the Tomb Survey has discovered four hitherto unknown tombs situated along the gebel in Assasif which are now included in our antiquities concession. Besides a small painted tomb of the Ramesside date and one datable to the 18th Dynasty, a spectacular tomb of 25th Dynasty date has been preliminarily surveyed by the ATP this past summer. This tomb consists of a mud-brick above ground entry, a large open court, and a long corridor with a series of chambers and deep shafts excavated in the bedrock. Clearance of the entry and court, which is currently under tons of debris both from ancient times and excavators' dumps of the past century and a half, will commence in 2002.
 
 

Inside Parennefer's Tomb



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