Theban Necropolis: Tomb Of Menna

Dating back to the 18th Dynasty of Egypt, the Tomb of Menna showcases colorful and well-preserved paintings that provide insight into the life of ancient Egypt’s elite class. The tomb is located inside the cliffs of the Theban necropolis of Sheikh Abd al-Qurna in Luxor’s West Bank. While not much is known about Menna, his tomb gives visitors and archeologist clues into his life. Based off of the titles on his tomb, it is believed that Menna was a scribe and overseer of fields that belonged to the pharaoh and the temple of Amun-Re. Traditionally, the tomb has been dated to the reign of Thutmose IV, but the style and decoration places the tomb in the reign of Amenhotep III. The conservation of the tomb gives thanks to Melina Hartwig, who directed the project in 2007 through 2009.