Proyecto Djehuty

Campaigns

campaign 2009

Spanish – Egyptian Mission at Dra Abu el-Naga Tombs of Djehuty and Hery (TT 11 – 12)
8th Season Report: January 12th – February 22nd

Introduction

The rock-cut tomb-chapells of Djehuty and Hery (TT 11-12) are located in the central area of Dra Abu-el Naga, at the northern end of the Theban necropolis. They were hewn at the foothill, and they are interconnected 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-Thutmosis III. As “overseer of works”, he was responsible for directing the craftsmen involved in the decoration of shrines and temples all over Thebes. As “overseer of the Treasury” he registered, among other things, the marvels that were brought from Punt in year nine of Hatshepsut-Thutmosis III.

Plan of the site with excavated areas in yellow
Plan of the site with excavated areas in yellow
Eleventh Dynasty pottery found under the court’s floor
Eleventh Dynasty pottery found under the court’s floor
Interior of Iqer’s coffin (11th Dyn.), found last season
Interior of Iqer’s coffin (11th Dyn.), found last season
Ramesside painted chapel showing a the manufacturing of cloths
Ramesside painted chapel showing a the manufacturing of cloths
Excavation of Djehuty’s antechamber
Excavation of Djehuty’s antechamber
Antechamber cleared, with the opening of the second shaft visible
Antechamber cleared, with the opening of the second shaft visible

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

Gold earrings found in the second shaft
Gold earrings found in the second shaft
Detail from a wall of Djehuty’s funerary chamber
Detail from a wall of Djehuty’s funerary chamber
Detail of the ceiling of the funerary chamber
Detail of the ceiling of the funerary chamber
Drawing of the tomb-chapel of Djehuty
Drawing of the tomb-chapel of Djehuty