Ministry of Antiquities
Tomb of Tut Ankh Amun' s Wet Nurse to be opened soon
Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty declared today that the "Maya's Tomb", the wet nurse of the King "Tut Ankh Amun" which is located in Bubastis site at Saqqara will be opened soon for the first time in front of national and international visits…. The declaration came during the Minister’s visit today to celebrate the completion of the cleaning procedures of the tomb.
The celebration was attended by Dr. Khaled Zakarya Giza Governor, Dr. Mahmoud Afifi, Head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector and Dr. Alain Zivie, Head of the French mission in Bubastis at Saqqara since 1996, the mission that has explored, at that time, this unique tomb which is considered an important one, as it has a relation with one of the most important kings of the Pharaohs ages, King " Tut Ankh Amun".
Eldamaty through his statement referred a potsherd which was found inside the tomb during the works of cleaning and preparation. On the potsherd the title "Great one of the Harim" was inscribed, so the teamwork tend to believe that " Maya" wasn't just the private wet nurse of the King" Tut Ankh Amun " but it is suggested that she has a higher position as she carried an important title as "the Great one of the Harim" , whereas the wet nurse of the king is the most famous title.
The Minister Added that Maya herself may be the eldest sister of King "Tut Ankh Amun", carrying the name of "Merit Aten", pointing to one scene on the royal tomb at "Tal Al-Amarna" that represents the burial of " Meketaten" the Eldest daughter of King " Akhenaten ", at the same scene " Merit Aten" appears carrying a little baby and suckling it, and this baby is suggested to be King " Tut Ankh Amun".
This hypothesis emphasizes that the coming period shall witness the revealing of more secrets, and more surprises of the King "Tut Ankh Amun", especially after doing a number of searches within the radar scan project performed at the Boy King’s tomb at " the Valley of the Kings ", that might lead us to discover hidden chambers related to “Merit Aten” herself.
From his side Mahmoud Afifi Head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector said that this tomb will be ready for visitors, Egyptians and foreigners, very recent, pointing to the reuse of this tomb at the Late Period and Greco-Roman Era as cats’ cemetery, where the original inscriptions and scenes were covered by stones and building materials, referring to the cleaning works which removed all these remains and returned the tomb back to its original condition
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Wrote: Gehad El Rawy