Tomb of Tia & Tia (found in 1982)

Tia was Overseer of the Treasury under King Ramesses II (1290-1224 BC). He must have started his career under Ramesses' father, Seti I, who seems to be mentioned in the tomb. Tia seems to have died around year 31 of Ramesses' reign, when the tomb was not yet quite finished. Certain parts were obviously executed in great haste or were left undecorated. Tia's relationship to the pharaoh was very close: he had married the King's sister, who was also called Tia like her husband. The Saqqara monument was built according to the King's instructions. It bears the royal cartouches in several places and served as a mortuary temple to the god Osiris. The position of the tomb is significant: it was constructed on the north side alongside Horemheb's monument, because the latter was regarded as the founding father of the ruling Dynasty. A cult for the general-who-became-pharaoh was installed in Horemheb's tomb, and a Ramesside princess was buried in one of its subsidiary shafts. Tia's tomb was excavated from 1982 to 1984 but its forecourt was only uncovered during the seasons 2005-2007.