Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Saqqara and Dashur

What a first official day! We had a wonderful visit to Saqqara where we toured the tomb of Mereruka (see OI publications here and here), a 6th Dynasty official of King Teti. Unfortunately, you cannot take photographs inside this tomb, but luckily it was published by the Oriental Institute!

We then moved on to the Step Pyramid of King Djoser, dating to the 3rd Dynasty, which was designed and supervised by the king's famous vizier Imhotep who would be deified and worshiped in later periods.

Step Pyramid

On Site Learning in Saqqara

Architectural Elements in the Djoser Complex

We had just enough time to walk down the causeway of the pyramid of Unas, last king of the 5th Dynasty.

Unas Pyramid and Causeway

After lunch, we had a brief visit to the Imhotep Museum at Saqqara and then off to Dashur to see the pyramids of Snefru - the Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid.

Red Pyramid of Snefru

Bent Pyramid

1 comment:

Dawn said...

From Judy's daughter: What a great first portrait! I see you're "leaning" in front of the "Bent" Pyramid! (ha ha)