Tomb Z at Umm el-Qa'ab


Horus Djet was buried in a tomb at Umm el-Qa’ab, to the southwest of the tomb of Djer, his predecessor. Petrie, one of the archaeologists who excavated the tomb, gave it the designation of “Tomb Z”.

Interactive map of the tomb of Djet. Click on the little circles to learn more.

The king’s tomb consisted of a single pit, measuring 9.3 by 11.9 metres internally, slightly smaller than the tomb of Djer. The wall thickness varies between 0.8 and 1.05 metres.

As was the case with Djer, there are several smaller chambers built against the north, east and west walls.

There are 174 subsidiary graves surrounding the tomb in a pattern somewhat reminiscent of Djer’s subsidiary graves.
The overall look of the plan and layout of Djet’s tomb gives the impression of being a copy of Djer’s.

Several stelae engraved with the king’s Horus name were found connected to the tomb.

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