Doorway to the afterlife unearthed in Egypt
Published on March 30th, 2010 | by Admin4
The carved stone door — which ancient Egyptians believed was the threshold to the afterlife — was unearthed near the Karnak Temple in Luxor and belongs to the tomb of User, a powerful advisor to the 18th dynasty Queen Hatshepsut, Faruk Hosni said in a statement.
The door, 1.75 metres (5.7 feet) high and 50 cm (19 inches) thick, is engraved with religious texts and various titles used by User, including mayor of the city, vizier and prince, antiquities chief Zahi Hawass was quoted as saying.
“The newly discovered door was reused during the Roman period. It was removed from the tomb of User and used in the wall of a Roman structure,” said Mansur Boraik, who headed the excavation mission.