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Egyptian Necropolises

Necropolises were the final resting places of the ancient Egyptians, and were integral to their beliefs and practices surrounding death and the afterlife. These sites were not just tombs, but also served as centers for religious rituals, offerings, and commemoration.

The most famous necropolises in Egypt are located in the Valley of the Kings, on the west bank of the Nile river in Luxor. The Valley of the Kings was the burial place of the pharaohs of the New Kingdom period, and contains over 60 tombs, including the tomb of Tutankhamun,  which was famously discovered by Howard Carter in 1922.

Another notable necropolis is the Valley of the Queens, located near the Valley of the Kings, which was the burial place of many of the pharaohs' consorts and their children.

The necropolis at Saqqara is also of great historical and archaeological significance, and contains the Step Pyramid of Djoser, the first pyramid ever built, as well as many other tombs and monuments.

Necropolises were not just reserved for the elite, however. Many other tombs and cemeteries have been discovered throughout Egypt, revealing the burial practices of people from all walks of life, from the wealthy nobles to the common people.

A carved and painted wooden coffin

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Left; Ramesses II statue, Right; Long side of the granite sarcophagus of Ramesses II.

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A carved and painted wooden coffin, depicting "Ta Djesa," the daughter of a high priest of Jehuty in Ashmunein uncovered at the Griefa cemetery Egypt.   Source: Ministry of Antiquities

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A view of the The Dahshur necropolis in Egypt, from the Saqqara necropolis.  Source: Blumesser/Adobe Stock

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Imagery obtained from the scans of Egyptian painting of Ramesses II.	Source: Martinez et al./CC-BY 4.0

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Abusir necropolis: Sahura Funerary Temple. Pyramids of Neferirkara-Kakai and Niuserra-Ini in the background.  Source: Public Domain

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Bottom, a Hetepheres bracelet in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MFA 47.1700. Top, an electrotype reproduction made in 1947, MFA 52.1837 (Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition)		Source: © April 2023 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/ Journal of Archaeological Science

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The Draa Abul Nagaa tomb being investigated. Source: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities

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The royal tomb discovered in Luxor. Credit: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

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The Pyramid of Djoser looms above the desert landscape in Saqqara necropolis, ancient burial ground of the elite. Source: marinadatsenko / Adobe Stock

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The tomb of the Vizier Amenhotep-Huy in Luxor, Egypt. Source: Teresa Bedman / Institute of Ancient Egyptian Studies

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Sarcophagus of Ramses II’s royal secretary discovered in Saqqara, Egypt. Source: MOTA

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Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Dr. Khaled El-Enany, visiting the newly discovered tombs in Egypt. Source: Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

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Major Discoveries of Coffins, Burial Shafts and Texts Made in Saqqara

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A burial statue discovered in the Saqqara tombs. Source: Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

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Egyptian archaeologists have discovered at least thirteen 2,500-year-old sealed burial caskets at the Saqqara archaeological zone. Source: Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

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Treasure Trove of Discoveries Unearthed in Egypt’s Saqqara Necropolis

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Most of the Saqqara mummies were poorly preserved and had decayed coffins

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The sarcophagus found in the ancient Egyptian soldier’s tomb; the largest rock cut tomb found to date in Thebes.

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Live opening of sarcophagus revealed a perfectly preserved mummy with gold cross.

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The flooded tomb is being sifted through by a research team in Gebel el Silsila, Egypt.

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This 4,400-year-old tomb at Saqqara was constructed for a "divine inspector" named "Wahtye."

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