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Monday, August 31, 2015
New Discovery, Luxor: The tomb of the 26th dynasty ruler of Upper Egypt uncovered in Assassif
tomb of the 26th dynasty vizier of Upper Egypt discovered in South Assassif on
Luxor's west bank. Written by Nevine El-Aref.
The entrance of Badi-Bastet tomb
the framework of the South Assassif Conservation Project on Luxor's west bank,
an Egyptian-American stumbled upon a 26th dynasty tomb that belongs to the
vizier of Upper Egypt, Badi-Bastet.
Afifi, the head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Department, explained that
the tomb was found inside the tomb of Karabasken, who was Thebes' ruler and the
fourth priest of Amun during the 25th dynasty (TT 391).
a find highlights that Badi-Bastet reused the tomb," he pointed out.
went on to say that the archaeological survey carried out recently on the court
of Karabasken tomb shows that several architectural designs and paintings were
made especially for Badi-Bastet as it bode well to his fine and important
position in the governmental echelon.
could be buried in a shaft inside the court or in a main burial chamber of
Karabasken tomb," the head of the mission Elena Pischikova suggested.
A relief depicting Badi-Bastet holding lotus flowers
asserted that further cleaning of the tomb's different sections and the continuation
of the archaeological survey would definitely reveal more secrets of the tomb.
is a very important discovery," the Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh
Eldamaty told Ahram Online. He explained that the discovery has shed more light
on the architecture and design of tombs of top governmental officials during
the Saite period, especially the 26th dynasty.
carried out on Badi-Bastet's different titles reveal that he was one of the
grandsons of Babasa, a nobleman whose tomb is located east of Assassif (TT279).
South Assassif Conservation Project started in 2006 when the two Kushite tombs
of Karabasken (TT 391) and Karakahamun (TT 223) and the early Saite tomb of
Irtieru (TT 390), were re-discovered there.
These tombs have never been properly cleaned, studied and restored but
now within the framework of the project they will be preserved.