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Builders’ Tombs

Builders’ Tombs
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

Hieroglyphics on the wall of a tomb in the builders’ cemetery give the title of its occupant: overseer of the side of the pyramid. Located on a steep hill above a production center the size of a city, the cemetery is divided into two parts. A lower section holds the humble tombs of workers and lower ranking overseers—graves dug beneath mud and stone structures called mastabas. An upper section holds the grander tombs of officials and artisans, such as this one—rock-cut chambers inscribed with scenes of the afterlife and texts listing offerings to the dead.



Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fuji Velvia
Lens: 60mm f/2.8 micro Nikkor
Speed and F-Stop: 1/8 @ f/16
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Tungsten spotlight


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