Sunday, December 20, 2015

New Opening, Saqqara: Tomb of Tutankhamen’s Wet Nurse Opens to Public

Wall relief showing Boy king Tutankhamen (R) and his wet nurse Maya.
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CAIRO: Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al Damaty has inaugurated Sunday the tomb of Maya who was the wet nurse of the boy Pharaoh Tutankhamen whose golden coffins and burial treasures have fascinated generations.

Located at Saqqara, 26 miles south of Giza Pyramids, the 3,400 year-old tomb was opened to public for the first time since it was excavated in 1996.

“Maya’s tomb, which is carved into the rocks, is one of the most beautiful tombs of the late dynasty. Its entrance leads to a main chamber with four pillars and an inscription with her name underneath,” head of the Ministry’s Egyptian Antiquities Department said in a statement Sunday.

Hieroglyphics and a relief showing a woman with breast and nipple exposed pay tribute to Maya, ”who fed the flesh of a god,” said Afifi. 

“It was used as a cemetery for cats in the Greco-Roman era,” he added.

Damaty said that the opening of the new toms coincides with ongoing surveys and exploration work performed in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, which he hopes “may contribute to the detection of more ancient structures.” More archaeological sites will be open to the public in the near future in order to encourage tourism, Damaty added.

Some experts believe Tutankhamen was the son of one of Akhenaten’s secondary wives, Kiya. Others theorize he was a brother of Akhenaten, whose mother was Queen Tiye. A British archeologist, Howard Carter, found the long-lost, riches-filled tomb of the boy king in 1922.
Source: Cairo Post– By/ Rany Mostafa

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