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Monday, September 10, 2018

Inspection tour to the Development work carried out at King Djoser’s southern tomb - Ministry of Antiquities

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Inspection tour to the Development work carried out at King Djoser's southern tomb.

Minister of Antiquities, Dr. Khaled El-Enany embarked on an tour to inspect the latest work carried
out at King Djoser's southern tomb, which will be open after the completion of the king's funerary
pyramid complex.
Dr. Mostafa Waziri General Secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities explains that the
southern tomb is one of the most important sructures of the king Djoser's funerary complex. It was
discovered in 1928 and it is located in the south- western side of the funerary complex.
He continues that the conservation works carried out inside the tomb included a the consolidations
of the faience tiles that once decorating the inner arches of the tombs well as the floors, walls
and ceiling.

On his part Sabry Farag General Director of Saqqara Antiquities said that the tomb have an entrance
from the southern side leading to a sloping staircase to wards a 28meters deep shaft where a small
granite burial chamber is found beneath. The chamber is 1.6m long with corridors which its walls are
decorated with scenes depicting king Djoser's in the Hebset ritual. He was shown twice: onetime
while wearing the white crown and the second with the red crown symbolizing that he is the king of
the north and south.

He pointed out that the function of this tomb has perplexed Egyptologists as some suggested that it
is a symbolic tomb for King Djoser as the King of Upper Egypt, while others see that it is a place
to preserve the king's Canopic jars. A third group thought that it could be the beginning of the
construction of side pyramids of other predecessor Kings.

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