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THE TOMB of NIANKHKHNUM and KHNUMHOTEP was discovered
in 1964 in the necropolis of Saqqara. The tomb was found when archaeologists
under the direction of Mounir Basta and Ahmed Mousa conducted a series
of probes into the escarpment on the southern side of the causeway of Unas,
where a series of rock-cut chambers were then discovered. When archaeologists
began restoration work on the causeway it was discovered that certain of
the blocks that were incorporated in its original construction had been
appropriated in ancient times from a Mastaba that had been connected to
the rock-cut chambers. The archaeologists reconstructed the mastaba using
blocks found in the substructure of the causeway. It was revealed that
this tomb had been built for two men to co-habit and that both shared identical
titles in the palace of King Niusere of the Fifth Dynasty: "OVERSEER
OF THE MANICURISTS IN THE PALACE OF THE KING." To take a tour of the
tomb and to see some of the remarkable representations of these two men
click on the icon of the manicurists'.