In Egypt, you’ll constantly find something new to uncover, since there are several fascinating tourist destinations with significant historical significance, such as Beni Hashan, which is a good example.
It is situated around 20 kilometers south of al Minya on the eastern bank of the Nile. From 2055 to 1650 BC the Beni Hasan tombs are home to 39 rock-cut graves. Soldiers and regional rulers buried at the necropolis as a mark of their independence from the monarch in Saqqara wanted to be buried in their province.
When carving into the rock, they left behind side walls where graves were built and where the owners’ biographies were written on stones. The wooden lids of the sarcophagi discovered on many of the graves from this period give a wealth of information on the burial goods interred within.
Few of the tombs’ colorful paintings, which depict everyday life as well as violent battles and military training, are accessible to the general public, but those that include the tomb of Khnumhotep, the 12th dynasty’s regional governor. Desert hunting images adorn the Amenemhet Tomb, while the wall paintings of the Kheti Tomb reveal numerous elements of agricultural life, including winemaking.
The following are the most important facts:
“Prince Oryx” Amenemhet was the governor of the nome Oryx, and he is buried in the second tomb. To further understand Egyptian life during this period, we may look to the two inscriptions found here. On the door, there are 32 lines of text. Scenes representing desert hunting may be seen on the north wall as well. One of the most unique features of his tomb is the fake entrance on the west side, through which only the dead are meant to pass.
tomb 3 – the tomb of khinomhotep King Amenemhet III’s Khnumhotep (approximately 1820 BC) was known as “the hereditary lord” and is buried in a magnificent tomb decorated with images from everyday life. It contains 222 columns of biographical information on him, which serves to characterize Egyptian life during this period. Above the entryway, you’ll also find several acrobats.
Tomb of Baqet III (tomb 15) – Kheti’s father (see below) was a creative person. Unusual scenes include a unicorn chase, a snake-headed quadruped, a ‘Sethian’ animal, and a gryphon in this tomb. The Egyptians believed that the desert was filled with bad energies, and hunting was a way to keep order. Wrestlers and gazelles, for example, are seen in other videos behaving strangely.
Khenti’s tomb (tomb 17): Kheti was governor of the nome Oryx during the 11th Dynasty. Images of ordinary life are shown in the tomb.
When you stop by here, don’t forget to check out the nearby Temple of Hatshepsut in the neighborhood known as Establ Antar, which is also well worth the trip.
Packages to Egypt are available here if you wish to see these and other marvels of Egypt. Take advantage of the chance and enjoy yourself!