Most interesting finds from the tomb of Sethnakht


Canopic stopper

The lower part of a faience canopic stopper was found in the underground sarcophagus pit. It was found to join to a facial fragment picked up in 2003 in front of the door to Meryneith’s forecourt. During the seasons 2009 and 2010, that area produced several other canopic fragments of the same set. One of them is inscribed with the name […]tynakht, followed by a typical Ramesside determinative of a seated man. Probably this is the same name as that on nine faience shabti fragments discovered in the same area. These are inscribed for Sethnakhtu or Sutynakht, a scribe of the temple of Ptah. All this leads us to believe that this person was originally buried in the tomb in the 19th Dynasty, and therefore we propose to call it the tomb of Sethnakht from now onwards.

Base of naophorous statue

This statue fragment was found in a burnt stratum over the chapel area. It shows the lower part of a man kneeling on a plinth and holding a chapel (naos) in front of him. The man is clothed in a pleated kilt, whereas the naos still shows the feet of a standing goddess. There is a hieroglyphic text running on the sides of the plinth and another was once inscribed on the back pillar. These texts refer to the chief charioteer Bakdjehuty and his wife Irynefer, persons who are not known from the area so far. The statue probably dates to the early Ramesside period.

Coptic tunic fragment

During Coptic times, the area overlying the anonymous tomb was used as a burial ground. That is why we found a great number of Coptic burials on and in the remaining New Kingdom walls of the tomb of NN, often in niches cut into the mud-brick. Also Coptic decorated textiles were abundant, and some simple jewellery was found. The item illustrated here shows part of a tunic with an in-woven shoulder strap (clavus) depicting leaf patterns and an applied edge band around the neck opening. It seems women and children were buried here, which is not the kind of people one would  immediately expect in close vicinity of the monastery of Apa Jeremias.