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The Tomb of Queen Merytneith in the Umm el Ga'ab section of Abydos


Tomb Y at Umm el Ga'ab in Abydos
Queen Merytneith
I Dynasty


The tomb of Queen Merytneith was originally overlooked by the first excavator in the Umm el Ga'ab area at Abydos, but was later identified by Sir William Petrie. External measures of this tomb are 16.50 x 13.90 x 2.70 meters with internal measurements of 8.90 x 6.30 meters. The wall thickness of the tomb is 1.30-1.60 meters. The central chamber was surrounded with eight narrow storerooms where numerous sealed jars were found. In the funerary chamber, somewhat deeper compared to the storerooms, was found the stela of Merytneith. The tomb is surrounded by 41 subsidiary graves.

Floorplan of the Tomb Y at Abydos belonging to Queen Merytneith

Floorplan of the Tomb Y at Abydos belonging to Queen Merytneith

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