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Abydos: Egyptian Afterlife
APRIL 2005
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Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

Mounds of sherds—the remains of cups, bowls, and other pieces of pottery left by ancient pilgrims—have inspired a modern nickname for the site of Egypt's earliest royal tombs: Umm el-Qaab, or "mother of offering pots." Abydos became an important pilgrimage center after Middle Kingdom priests proclaimed the tomb of Djer, a 1st-dynasty king, as the burial place of Osiris, god of the dead. An annual festival honoring the death and resurrection of Osiris brought crowds from around the country to this sacred place.
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Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm, f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/8

Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light
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