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Holy Land 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.
Photo Fast Facts
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