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Cemeteries

Giza - The Places

The Burial Places of Royalty, Nobles, High Court Officials and their Families

The Giza Necropolis is not only the burial location for the Royals, but also for Nobles, Courtiers, Officials and the Workers who built the Pyramid Complexes; some in Tombs and some in Cemeteries. Many of these subsidiary tombs may not have any occupant left but they are covered with stunning Reliefs which give Egyptologists a thorough pictograph of clothing, occupations, work, food and an overview of general life.

The Eastern Field

Click on the image for more details. Located to the East of Pharaoh Khufu’s Great Pyramid is known as G7000, appears to hold the oldest Tomb found to date. It serves as the burial ground for  the families of the Pyramid building Pharaohs. The Cemetery appears to have been expanded to hold Priests and Workers for Pharaoh’s Cult into the 5th and 6th Dynasties. The Cemetery is arranged along Avenues.

The Western Field

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Found behind Pharaoh Khufu’s Pyramid, to the West, holds Royal Tombs as well as those of High-ranking officials and Nobles of the Royal Court. The Cemetery is arranged along Avenues.

Cemetery GIS

Located directly South of the Boat Pits of Pharaoh Khufu’s Pyramid, the Mastabas here date from the Reign of Pharaoh Menkaure through to the 6th Dynasty period. It contains Mastabas constructed from stone which include the Prince Khufudjedef, Royal Chamberlain Khaemnefert and High Official Niankhre.

Central Field

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Found to the East of Pharaoh Khafre’s Causeway and flows on to the Pyramid Town area of Queen Khentkaus I’s Complex. This area was turned in to a Cemetery after the location was quarried out of stone which was used in the construction of Pharaoh Khufu’s and Pharaoh Khafre’s Pyramids. Therefore, the site was not used for burials until the later part of 4th Dynasty onwards.