Ancient Egypt – Neben-Kharru

Author(s): Jenny Lewis

Theme: Ancient Civilisations - Egypt

Main Curriculum Focus
- To find out what Ancient Egyptians believed about the afterlife.

- To explore the roles of some of the Ancient Egyptian gods.

- To investigate some of the rituals involved in the passage from death into the afterlife.

Inquiry Question
"- What did the Ancient Egyptians believe about death and what happens beyond?
- What happens when a prominent Ancient Egyptian dies?

- What were the Ancient Egyptian views about the afterlife?

- How does the way you have lived your life affect your journey into the afterlife?"

Expert Team: Archaeologists

Client(s): The Cairo Musuem of Egyptian Antiquities

- To excavate a newly found tomb in one of the pyramid of the Pharoah Rammeses.
- To find out who the tomb belonged to.
- To remove and investigate items from the tomb.
- To create an exhibition of the objects for the museum.


C1270 BC .Ramesses the 2nd and his wife, Queen Neferati are present at the deathbed of their 16 year old son, Neben-kharru. He has died to the plague, a disease that has killed thousands of their people. They plan his elaborate funeral, including the procession to the pyramid where their own tombs lie in waiting. A special chamber, below theirs, will be prepared for their favourite son.

In the chamber the final ceremony takes place, with the the attendants, family and priest around. They place the objects around him that will serve him in the afterlife. The ritual words and prayers are said, before the tomb is left and sealed.

Neben -kharru begins his journey into the afterlife. He undergoes the ceremony of the weighing of the heart.

Powerpoint - A.Egypt Neben-kharru

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