Tomb 10A

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Tomb 10A was discovered near the Nile River in a region known as Deir el-Bersha (The Secrets of Tomb 10A: Egypt 2000 BC 2009). It is the 4,000 year old resting place of a governor and his wife, both of whom ruled during the 11th or 12th dynasty and are named Djehutynakht. After the tomb was excavated in 1915 by archaeologists from Harvard University and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (MFA), it was clear that what they had found was a consummate archetype of traditional Egyptian burial practices. One of the many grave goods found in the Djehutynakhts’ tomb was a fleet of 58 wooden model boats, which is the largest collection of model boats ever discovered in an Egyptian burial (Gansicke 2003: 185). The general color scheme of the model…show more content…
It may also suggest that the concept of the afterlife transcended the class hierarchy of the living. That model boats may not have been exclusive to the elite reinforces the notion that they were important facets of the Egyptian afterlife. In addition to the Djehutynakhts and Henu (11th/12th dynasty), the boy king Tutankhamun, who ruled in the 18th dynasty, had a scale fleet of his own that was 35 strong (Griffith 2001: 215). These commemorative boats, however, were not always scale-models. They appeared as early as the 4th dynasty when the pharaoh Khufu ruled (Griffith 2001: 215). When his tomb was investigated, archaeologists found 5 life-sized boats instead. The reason for the decrease in the size of the boats over time has not yet been corroborated. The Egyptians may have decided to make them smaller out of practicality. Smaller individual boats would have been easier to move, faster to make, and cheaper to manufacture. In spite of the other treasures that were found in Tomb 10A, the large size of the Djehutynakhts’ fleet also implies that the governor and his wife possessed some combination of wealth and political respect. The fact that the largest boat of the fleet is the one carrying the Governor Djehutynakht further intimates his prominence in Egyptian history, or at least the extent of his local prestige. The presence of these funerary, ritualistic boats in the most lavish and most ordinary of tombs suggests that the Egyptians held anything
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