The East FieldCemeteries - Giza - The Places
The Burial Places of Royalty, Nobles, High Court Officials and their Families
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 Wives, Sons and Daughters of the Rulers from the 4th Dynasty or in other words, 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.
6th Dynasty Official with the Title, Overseer of all Works which is thought to have meant that he was in charge of carrying out the preservation and maintenance of all the Complexes on the Giza Necropolis, hence his burial here rather than at Saqqara where the Royals had moved to be buried at in 6th Dynasty. His Tomb is best known for its rock hewn images of his Family. These include his mother, Khenout; his wife and a Priestess of Hathor, Gefi; his son and Overseer of Scribes, Idw; his brother, Nekhti; and his two sisters, Tjetout and Bendjet.
Princess Meritites II: G7650
The daughter of Pharaoh Khufu and Queen Meritites I, a Prophetess of Khufu, Hathor and Neith. She married a non-royal Court High Official named Akhethotep who served as the Director of the Royal Palace among other titles. It appears that Husband and Wife are buried together in the stone built Mastaba and that Princess Meritites II died during the reign of her brother, Pharaoh Khafre. The Image is a Relief from her Tomb depicting her husband.
Princess Nefertkau III: G7820
Either the daughter or granddaughter of Pharaoh Khufu, she was buried with her husband Iynefer in a double Mastaba which had little to no remains inside. Princess Nefertkau was a Priestess of Neith. Please note: the image above is a general view only.
Son of Pharaoh Snefru and half-brother to Pharaoh Khufu, who he served as a Vizier and is thought to have taken a role in the construction of the Sphinx at Giza and the Port where the building blocks of Tura Limestone arrived on the Giza Necropolis. He was married to his half-sister, Princess Hetepheres, the eldest daughter of Queen Hetepheres I and Pharaoh Sneferu, a Priestess of Sneferu. The Image above shows Prince Ankhhaf in the form of a Bust which was found inside his Tomb.
Queen Meresankh III: G7530
Granddaughter of Pharaoh Khufu, Wife to Pharaoh Khafre and daughter of Hetepheres II and Prince Kawab. She died after her husband, but it appears that she died suddenly as the Tomb she was placed in was due to be the burial location of her mother, even though her skeleton suggests that she was around 50 years old. Queen Meresankh III was interred 272 days after her death according to the inscriptions found inside her Tomb. Her Tomb is highly decorated: many painted Reliefs inside with Statue Niches, a Chamber full of Statues which are representations of her family and the earliest known discovered set of Canopic Jars. Her Granite Sarcophagus currently resides in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square although this may shortly be moved to GEM. For more information about the new museum, click here.