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Senenmut’s Tomb: The Mysteries of Ancient Egypt

The tomb of Senenmut, near the temple of Hatshepsut, hides secrets … the history of the construction of the Egyptian pyramids and the origins of the civilization of Egypt.

The tomb is not open to the public and is under lock and key. Indeed, scholars do not like to comment on this tomb, because it seems to contradict their interpretations of the genesis of Egypt.

It was around the year 1470 BC. when Senenmut began the construction of the “Djeser Djeseru”, or a magnificent mausoleum whose Egyptian name means “Sublime Sublimity”, built in the Deir el-Bahari complex. The most disconcerting proof of an astronomical knowledge inherited in some way from the architect and then to Queen Hatshepsut, it is located on the ceiling of the tomb of Senenmut, located next to the main mausoleum. In this ceiling a precise section of the celestial vault of 10.450 BC is reproduced. with the Orion Belt in the center.

This small system has been reproduced in an exciting way. Around the belt, there are three drop-shaped orbits. It is a symbol not adopted among the Egyptian hieroglyphics, and belongs instead to the Mesopotamian culture, where it has the meaning of “water”, or “life”.

A few years ago, scientists had found that in the part of the Universe that surrounds us there are two large concentrations of water. One in our Solar System and therefore on Earth. The other, however, was precisely in the Orion System. Let’s better analyze the meaning on the vault of the architect’s grave. It was found under a layer of plaster – which meant that it was a knowledge to be preserved for posterity rather than contemporaries – and the drawings were sculpted, rather than painted – meaning that the architect himself was the author, without other aids , and paid no attention to artistic beauty.

In the lower part of the vault, the Egyptian calendar is represented (12 months of 30 days each), while in the upper one, as we have already said, a portion of the sky is depicted. There are four boats: the smaller ones, on the left, depict the planets Jupiter and Saturn; the largest are the goddess Isis, which astronomically symbolizes the star Sirius, and the god Osiris, to whom the homonymous constellation was attributed, what we call today “Orion constellation”. In particular, the architect wanted to highlight a precise element of this constellation: the Belt, in fact.

How did Senenmut know such knowledge? And why did you consider them so important?

In one of his inscriptions we read: “Having gone through all the writings of the sages, I do not ignore anything that has happened since the first day”. In fact, the architect Senenmut was initiated at the House of Life of Karnak, a place that was fundamental in Ancient Egypt, home to ancestral and religious cultures that were only accessible to a few. However, we know very little about what was kept in this type of “secret libraries”, so to speak. But Senenmut learned of things he probably wanted to reveal to his beloved.

Maybe for this reason the priests rose up against the court architect and, later, also against the queen: only the initiates could know the secrets of the History of Egypt. The fact is that after the death of the two, Pharaoh Thutmose III and the Theban Clergy condemned Hatshepsut and Senenmut to “damnatio memoriae”, destroying any effigy that represented the two in the Mausoleum of Deir el-Bahari.

However, this was not enough to erase such an intriguing character from the story.

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