Proyecto Djehuty

Campaigns

campaign 2007

Spanish – Egyptian Mission at Dra Abu el-Naga Tombs of Djehuty and Hery (TT 11 – 12)
6th Season Report: January 15 th – February 25 th

Introduction

The tombs of Djehuty and Hery (TT 11-12) are located in the central area of Dra Abu-el Naga. They were hewn at the foothill, and they are interconnected inside through a third tomb (­399­). The three tombs date to the early XVIIIth Dynasty. The tombs of Djehuty and Hery are decorated in relief. Djehuty was a high official under Hatshepsut. As “overseer of works”, he was responsible for directing the craftsmen involved in the decoration of shrines and temples all over Thebes, including two obelisks in Karnak. As “overseer of the Treasure” he registered, among other things, the marvels that were brought from Punt in year 9 of Hatshepsut.

Plan of the site
Plan of the site
Pit in the floor of TT 11’s court
Pit in the floor of TT 11’s court
Flower bouquets found at the pit
Flower bouquets found at the pit
Pottery vases from the pit
Pottery vases from the pit
XIIth Dynasty coffin under the floor of TT 11’s court
XIIth Dynasty coffin under the floor of TT 11’s court
XIIth Dynasty pottery offering tray
XIIth Dynasty pottery offering tray

Hery lived about 50 years earlier. His main title was “overseer of the granaries of the king’s mother and royal wife Ahhotep”. Through his mother, called Ahmose, he might have been related to the royal family. He probably lived under King Ahmose, and died under Amenhotep I.

Relief from the inner chamber of TT 11, depicting a human sacrifice
Relief from the inner chamber of TT 11, depicting a human sacrifice
Djehuty and three priest represented on a wall of the inner chamber
Djehuty and three priest represented on a wall of the inner chamber
Niche with statues of Djehuty, his mother (Dediu) and father, and funerary shaft inside the inner chamber
Niche with statues of Djehuty, his mother (Dediu) and father, and funerary shaft inside the inner chamber
Solar rays reaching the statues at the rear wall of the inner chamber
Solar rays reaching the statues at the rear wall of the inner chamber