Tomb of Ankhtifi - el Moalla

Tomb of Ankhtifi - el Moalla

In Ankhtifi's Papyrus - the 5th book in The Egyptian Adventures of Kathryn Black series - our young adventurers must visit, and revisit, el Moalla and the tomb of Ankhtifi.

It was now obvious that the bridge they [Kate and Alex] had crossed linked the main town of El Moalla, on the east bank of the river Nile, surrounded by arable land, with the few dry and dusty desert-side dwellings they had seen from the train. Situated approximately thirty-five kilometres to the south of Luxor, no tourist came here to see the town. In fact, due to its location, only the more confident, more adventurous tourists ever ventured this far away from their hotel. It was the rock cut tombs in a pyramidal shaped hill, to the south of the town, that they came to see, though days could go by without a visiting tourist. One tomb in particular, that of tenth dynasty ruler Ankhtifi, was the jewel in El Moalla’s crown.
“What do we know of this guy, Ankhtifi?”
“Not a lot.” Alex started to take off his rucksack.
“Forget getting the guidebook out. What did Thoth say?”
Alex pulled his rucksack back onto his shoulders. “Just that Ankhtifi originated the article.”
“Didn’t he think that was a little strange with this Ankhtifi guy being this far away from Luxor?”
“Apparently, this ‘guy’ as you put it, is … was … some sort of warlord. I got the distinct feeling that Thoth would rather say no to Ramses than to him.”
“Not the sort to be messed with then,” Kate said as she gave a knowing look.
“Yes, exactly, but we are going to have to mess with him.”
“You sound confident.”
“Not really, but what harm can asking a question do?” Alex added in his thoughts, “Just as long as I’m the one doing the asking.”

The Egyptian Adventures of Kathryn Black - Ankhtifi's Papyrus

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The railway crossing at el Moalla
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The 'pink' el Moalla storage museum
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Close to Ankhtifi's tomb we look back to the gafirs hut
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Renate looking back with the entrance to the tomb just ahead
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Stepping into Ankhtifi's tomb
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Bas-relief of Ankhtifi and his wife
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Light floods in from outside
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This way to Ankhtifi's burial chamber
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Impressive bas-relief of Ankhtifi
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Ankhtifi showing his fishing skill
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Detail of fish in the Nile from Ankhtifi's tomb
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Donkeys painted on the back wall of Ankhtifi's tomb
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Ancient shown with deer