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Abydos: Egyptian Afterlife
APRIL 2005
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From Here to Eternity
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

Archaeologist Günter Dreyer surveys what five years of excavation have revealed: the 4,700-year-old tomb of Khasekhemwy, last ruler of the 2nd dynasty. In the distance a wadi, or canyon, in the desert plateau was probably regarded as an entrance to the realm of the dead. "Tombs were just through-stations on the way there," says Dreyer. In the corner of Khasekhemwy's tomb pit a ramp rises in the direction of the wadi, offering the deceased king a perpetual path to the hereafter.

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Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm, f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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