SPANISH-EGYPTIAN MISSION AT DRA ABU EL-NAGA TOMBS OF DJEHUTY AND HERY (TT 11-12)
14th Season Report: January 13 th – February 21 st
Dra Abu el-Naga is the modern name of the hill that rises at the northern end of the necropolis associated with the ancient city of Thebes, which coincides with modern Luxor. It is located on the West Bank, right in front of the temple of Amun-Ra in Karnak. A Spanish mission has been working at the foothill of the central area of Dra Abu el-Naga since January 2002, inside and around the rock-cut tomb-chapels of Djehuty and Hery (TT 11-12).
Hery probably lived under the first king of the new Theban dynasty, King Ahmose, and died under his successor, King Amenhotep I. He could have been related to the royal family through his mother, Ahmes, who is referred to in the monument of her son as “adornment of the king.” The only administrative title mentioned in the tomb-chapel is “overseer of the granaries of the king’s mother and royal wife Ahhotep.” The inner walls of his funerary monument were entirely decorated in high quality relief, being one of the very few decorated tomb-chapels of this time period, c. 1510 BC, that is preserved.
Djehuty lived about fifty years later, c. 1460 BC. In the peak of his administrative career as scribe, he acted as “overseer of the treasure” and “overseer of the works” carried out by the craftsmen and metal workers for Queen Hatshepsut. He was also “overseer of the cattle of Amun.” The walls of his tomb-chapel were also decorated in relief, even the façade and part of the left sidewall of the open courtyard. His burial chamber is entirely written with passages from the Book of the Dead.