Tomb 353 - the tomb of Senenmut (courtier of Hatshepsut)
This was Senenmut's second
tomb (his first, tomb 71, was situated quite conspicuously on
top of the Sheikh Abd el-Gurna Hill and has suffered a great
damage over the ages) - both tombs were sited on the West bank
at Thebes. This second tomb has survived without much damage
probably due to its more hidden location beneath the the precincts
of the Djeser-Djeseru (the great Deir el-Bahri temple of Hatshepsut).
It was discovered in 1927 - unfortunately quite empty.
Chambers B and C have
been finished but not decorated, Chamber A has designs sketched
on the walls and the ceiling:
- it is the earliest known astronomical ceiling in Egypt. On the ceiling is shown a calendar recording lunar months, depictions of the northern constellations and the planets Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Unfortunately the positions of the planets, details of the months have been found to be inacurate to allow to be used as dating tool for chronological uses.