Constructing the Sacred: Visibility and Ritual Landscape at the Egyptian Necropolis of Saqqara

Introduction: Note 80

For example, the tombs of a number of elite New Kingdom officials at Saqqara were identified and mapped by Karl Richard Lepsius in the 1840s, but the tombs were later covered by sand and their actual positions lost. Looters had located some of these tombs in the early nineteenth century, and associated inscribed and carved blocks had already been sold to European and American museum collections. Geoffrey Martin and an Anglo-Dutch mission only re-identified and mapped their exact location in the mid-1970s and 1980s, and additional tombs have continued to be uncovered through the present. See Geoffrey Martin, The Hidden Tombs of Memphis: New Discoveries from the Time of Tutankhamun and Ramesses the Great, New Aspects of Antiquity (New York: Thames and Hudson, 1991), 17–19.