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Theban Tomb No. 95, the tomb of Meri and Hunai
Project funded by own resources
Project title Theban Tomb No. 95, the tomb of Meri and Hunai
Principal Investigator(s) Bickel, Susanne
Loprieno-Gnirs, Andrea
Project Members Hunkeler, Charlotte
Organisation / Research unit Departement Altertumswissenschaften / Ägyptologie (Bickel)
Project Website
Project start 01.02.2006
Probable end 31.10.2015
Status Completed

Theban Tomb No. 95, the tomb of Meri and Hunai, is a joint research project of the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo and the Egyptological Seminar of the University of Basel since 2006. Focus of attention is the archaeological and epigraphic documentation of a large decorated rock tomb from the late 15th century BC and its subsequent uses in later times. Designed for the Highpriest of Amun Mery and his mother Hunay, a Great Royal Nurse of king Amenhotep II, the rock chapel and the extensive substructures related to it offered plenty of space for later burials from the later New Kingdom into the Late Period (ca. 1330-335 BC). As a consequence of substantial construction damages, the tomb chapel was left unfinished. Epigraphic evidence suggests that a nearby abandoned tomb from the time of Thutmose III, TT 84, seems to have been used by mother and son as a surrogate cult place. Like many other tombs in the middle and lower ranges of the hills of Sheikh Abd’el-Qurnah, TT 95 and adjacent structures were inhabited by Christian monks during the Coptic Period (ca. 6th-8th century) and again from the late 19th through the first half of the 20th century by a local family.

The project aims at documenting, conserving, and understanding the processes of elite tomb construction and use in the Theban Necropolis during its long history of occupation, i.e. how a monumental rock-cut tomb was constructed, decorated and, in subsequent periods, modified according to changes of social agency and funerary practices, how and by whom burial sites were administered and engineered, and who their social agents were by looking at burial assemblages and tomb representations.

Keywords Ancient Egypt, Archaeology, Private Tomb, Luxor, Sheikh Abd'el-Qurnah, TT 95
Financed by Other funds

Published results ()

  ID Autor(en) Titel ISSN / ISBN Erschienen in Art der Publikation
489228  Gnirs, Andrea  Das Pfeilerdekorationsprogramm im Grab des Meri, Theben Nr. 95: Ein Beitrag zu den Totenkultpraktiken der 18. Dynastie  978-3-927552-21-0    Publication: ConferencePaper (Artikel, die in Tagungsbänden erschienen sind) 
489234  Gnirs, Andrea Maria; Grothe, Elina; Guksch, Heike  Zweiter Vorbericht über die Aufnahme und Publikation von Gräbern der 18. Dynastie der thebanischen Beamtennekropole  0342-1279  Mitteilungen des Deutschen archäologischen Instituts. Abteilung Kairo  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 

Cooperations ()

  ID Kreditinhaber Kooperationspartner Institution Laufzeit - von Laufzeit - bis
162951  Bickel, Susanne; Loprieno-Gnirs, Andrea  Seidlmayer, Stephan, Director DAI Cairo  German Archaeological Institute, Cairo  01.01.1992  31.12.2013 
993033  Loprieno-Gnirs, Andrea  Behlmer, Heike, Professor of Egyptology and Coptology, University of Göttingen  University of Göttingen  01.01.2009  31.12.2013 

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