Umm el-Qa'ab Tomb B17/B18


Despite the possibility that later Egyptian chroniclers may have considered him to be the founder of the Egyptian kingdom, Narmer was buried in a fairly modest tomb in Umm el-Qa'ab, the Late Predynastic and Early Dynastic royal necropolis, located to the West of Abydos.

Narmer’s tomb consists of 2 pits.

Narmer’s tomb consists of 2 pits.

The tomb was first discovered in the 1890s during Amélineau's survey of the Umm el-Qa'ab cemetery B.
It consists of 2 rectangular pits, numbered B17 and B18, that were cut into the ground. The larger of the two pits, B17, measures about 3 by 4.1 metres, while the lesser preserved B18 is approximately 3 by 3 metres.
The walls of the pits were lined with mudbricks and there are traces of wooden panels as well. Two 0.65 metre deep holes in the ground of B17 may have been used to place poles that supported the tomb's roof.

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