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A Puzzling Burial
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

In a cramped and humble tomb at the bottom of a shaft almost 60 feet (18 meters) deep, archaeologist Naguib Kanawati retrieves the skull of King Teti’s overseer of Upper Egypt. “This man was responsible for collecting taxes. You’d expect him to have a large sarcophagus. Otherwise why dig the shaft?” says Kanawati, director of the Australian Centre for Egyptology at Macquarie University. “This is a miserable burial for a man of that stature. He wasn’t being punished, but something must have happened at the end of his career.” Whatever it was remains a mystery.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia
Lens: 16mm Nikkor
Speed and F-Stop: 1/4 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: We were underground, but it was still hot and humid.
Time of Day: Midday
Lighting Techniques: I mixed tungsten with flash.

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