Halfa Grass Rope from the Tomb of Seti I

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 21 March 2018

The mummy of the Egyptian pharaoh Seti I (Sety, Sethi, or Sethos) was transported to Dier- el-Bahri in around 968 BCE. The tomb itself was discovered by Giovanni Belzoni in the 19th century CE. Belzoni found this rope hanging from a small aperture above the well of Seti I's tomb. He found that this rope was made of twisted strands of halfa grass. Radio-carbon examination of this rope has dated it to 950 BCE (plus minus 50 years). Therefore, this rope might have been used during the removal process of the mummy from the tomb. Third Intermediate Period, 1010-890 BCE. From the tomb of Seti I in the Valley of the Kings at Thebes, modern-day Egypt. (The British Museum, London).



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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