March 29, 2010 / 5:57 PM / 9 years ago

Egypt finds Pharaonic false door to the afterlife

CAIRO (Reuters) - Archaeologists in Luxor have uncovered a 3,500-year-old false door belonging to the tomb of a Pharaonic official, the Ministry of Culture said on Monday.

The red granite door was built to provide a passage for the spirit to the afterlife. It belonged to the tomb of User, a high-ranking official of Queen Hatshepsut.

Found near the temple of Karnak, the 1.75 meter-tall (5 ft, 9 inch), 1 m-wide door is covered with religious text, the ministry statement said.

It quoted Mansour Boraik, who headed the Egyptian excavation mission, as saying the false door was removed from User’s tomb during the Roman period and reused in the wall of a structure previously found by the mission.

User took office in the fifth year of the reign of Queen Hatshepsut, who ruled in the 15th century BC and built a mortuary temple at the ancient capital of Thebes. Her nephew, Tuthmosis III (1504-1452 BC), is known as ancient Egypt’s greatest conqueror.

Writing by Marwa Awad;

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