the advent of the pyramid, Egyptian kings were buried in structures called "mastabas".
Mastaba's were comprised of a shaft leading into underground passageways and
chambers. A moundlike superstructure was built over these chambers and resembled
an Arabic bench, hence the modern name "mastaba". This mastaba is
a great example of an Old Kingdom Mastaba. We will enter this ancient tomb through
a robbers entrance that was burrowed into the south end of the structure:
entering the opening one must climb down a ladder to get into the antechamber.
At the bottom of the ladder is a small hole. Through this hole is the antechamber
which leads back to the original opening, now blocked by debris, as well as
to the main burial chamber.
through this small opening one must crawl through it. The intrusive hole opens
into the antechamber and one must walk along wooden boards to get to the burial
chamber and the original opening at the far end of the antechamber.
antechamber and main chamber there are no inscriptions on the walls, as is the
case with most other Old Kingdom tombs. In the main burial chamber is the original
granite sarcophagus, also uninscribed. It's lid has been propped up, perhaps
in ancient times, by an ancient wooden hammer, the same type used to build the
pyramids, inside and out....
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