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House of the Dead

House of the Dead
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

Momadouh Taha, an archaeologist on Zahi Hawass’s team, examines pottery in the tomb of Weser-Petah, who one inscription identifies as overseer of the officials. Because of his importance Weser-Petah’s tomb is much larger and more elaborate than most in the builders’ cemetery. A false door was carved in the rock of the hillside to allow his ka, or spirit, to come and go in the afterlife. The cemetery shows that while the builders labored to ensure the immortality of their pharaohs, they were also concerned about their own.



Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fuji Provia F
Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 zoom
Speed and F-Stop: 1/2 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: N/A
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Reflectors, tungsten lights


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