Tomb X at Umm el-Qa'ab

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Horus Anedjib chose to build his tomb, labeled “Tomb X” by Petrie, to the northwest of Merneith’s tomb, and to the southwest of the subsidiary graves of the tomb of Horus Djet at Umm el-Qa’ab. In doing so, he broke the chronological placement of tombs from Aha to Den, that gradually moved to south. Whether he did this out of practical considerations, or because he felt more related to Horus Djet than to Den is not known.

Interactive map of Anedjib’s tomb. Click the little circles to learn more.

The tomb itself consists of two chambers dug into the ground, surrounded by walls varying in thickness between 1.3 and 1.6 metres.
The burial chamber, entered through a descending staircase coming from the northeast, measures 6.8 by 4.4 metres, making it one of the smallest royal tombs of the 
1st Dynasty.

64 subsidiary graves are laid out around the king’s tomb.


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