Most interesting finds from Ramose's tomb

Shabti fragmentsRamose had the titles of troop-commander and deputy of the army. As such, he was the assistant of general Horemheb and is depicted in the latter's tomb. The location of Ramose's tomb next to that of his master is a further proof of their close bond. It is rather remarkable, therefore, that on the shabtis from Ramose's tomb there is only one title: that of ‘high priest'. This seems to reflect the well-known fact that anybody who had received a good education and was well versed in the hieroglyphic script (which is expressed by the title ‘royal scribe') could expect to be appointed to highly varied posts in the civilian administration, in the army, or in the clergy. Unfortunately Ramose does not state which god he served; possibly he chose this career in a temple after his retirement from active service in the army.


SarcophagusA 10.7 m deep shaft opened in a corner of Ramose's inner courtyard. This is not the original tomb-shaft of the tomb-owner, but a secondary shaft dating to the Late Period. The tomb-chamber had the characteristic shape of this period, with a rectangular central area flanked by a number of shallow loculi destined to hold a number of mummies. In front of one of these mummy-niches stood a limestone sarcophagus of a type not previously found at the site. The sarcophagus box is hollowed out from a single block of stone, with a rounded head end and sides tapering to the feet. The interior shows a mummiform cavity with protruding head and rounded shoulders. The lid consists of a simple convex slab. Parallels are not unknown elsewhere in Saqqara and in Abydos . These are datable to the period around 300 BC in view of the mummies with cartonnages inside.