A second season of excavations at Saqqara in Egypt has revealed a complete plan of the tomb o the ancient Egyptian king Horemheb which is almost 60 yards (metres) long.
LV PAN Camels being led past excavations
TV PAN excavation site
SV man walks through ruins
SV AND CU archaeologist Geoffrey Martin touching up drawing on rock wall (2 shots)
TV Dr. Martin at work on site
LV ZOSER pyramid and tomb with tourist about to enter (2 shots)
CU light bulb in dark interior
SV Headless statue of Horemheb seated with his wife
CU Statue of Horemheb and wife
SV another broken statue with SOF over
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"Now this is the middle part from the white limestone statue representing Horemheb and these religious inscriptions representing the names and titles of Horemheb as the general of the army at Memphis."
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Background: A second season of excavations at Saqqara in Egypt has revealed a complete plan of the tomb o the ancient Egyptian king Horemheb which is almost 60 yards (metres) long.
The tomb, built by Horemheb before his accession to the throne, was discovered last year by a joint expedition of the Egypt Exploration Society, London, and the Leiden Museum in the Netherlands.
Writing about the resumption of the work in January this year in the London times newspaper, the leader of the expedition, Dr Geoffrey Martin, said that several reliefs of outstanding beauty an interest had come to light in a recently-uncovered courtyard despite the fact that the tomb had been plundered both in antiquity and during the early decades of the last century.
Other finds include outline drawings by the original artist working on the tomb. These were never carved because the project was abandoned when Horemheb acceded to the throne about 1335BC.
Evidence is also emerging from this season's excavations to show that Horemheb was married before he became king. A stela (upright block) and two fine pair-statues show him with a female who is believed to be his wife. Dr. Martin says in his "Times" article that it is hoped that evidence to confirm the name of Horemheb's wife will be forthcoming from further excavations.
King Horemheb was a solider and commander-in-chief and regent for the famous King Tutankhamen before he acceded the throne. He was a practical man and brought order to the long-neglected administration of Egypt. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica he probably started to re-establish Egypt's prestige by military expeditions to the surrounding countries.
SYNOPSIS: At Saqqara in the Egyptian desert camels bring water to a team of archaeologists excavating the site of the tomb of the ancient Egyptian King Horemheb. This year, the second in a series of excavations being undertaken jointly by the British Egypt Exploration Society and the Leiden Museum, in the Netherlands has revealed many interesting and beautiful relics.
These include outline drawings by the original artist working on the tomb, seen here being prepared for photography by the expedition leader British archaeologist Dr. Geoffrey Martin. They were never carved because the work was abandoned when King Horemheb acceded to the throne over 1,000 years before Christ.
Thousands of years older than King Horemheb's tomb, the pyramid of King Zoser towers above the present excavations, dwarfing tourists inspecting the latest examples of ancient Egyptian artistry uncovered by modern man.
King Horemheb's tomb is over 60 yards long an contains such treasures as this pair-statue of the soldier-monarch and his wife. Horemheb was a practical man who succeeded the famous King Tutankhamen. He brought order to the neglected administration the period and started to re-establish the prestige of ancient Egypt by military expeditions to surrounding countries. King Horemheb's tomb was plundered twice, but still contains enough relics to keep archaeologists busy for some time. Local guides explain some of them to visitors