Pierre Montet discovered, within the
Amun temple precinct at Tanis,
the tombs of kings of the XXIst and XXIInd Dynasties, some of which were
undisturbed and contained burial of King Psusennes I, his consort - Mutnedjemet, their son - Ankhefenmut, also
Sheshonq II and Wendjebwaendjed - commander of bowmen. They consists of crypts entered
via an entrance shaft or ramp and with an antechamber and longish tomb
chamber. They were potentially threatened by sub-soil water and so
were not very deeply sunk below the paving of the court. There are three
tomb chambers (with a large number of re-used blocks). Their
superstructures, which may have been like those of the tombs of the
kings of Sais, have completely disappeared. Only 7 out probably 17 tombs
of this kind of the XXIst-XXIInd Dynasties have been found.
tombs NRT, entrance pit and view from above
II was buried in a chamber of granite, with adjoining limestone rooms.
Takelot II was
also discovered in this tomb, which had Osirian decorations. The tomb of
Psusennes I contained
his royal remains and those of Psusennes II, Amenemope and Sheshonq II.
An unidentified mummy was also found there.
The remains of Psusennes I were found buried in a pink granite
a black granite anthropoid coffin, which in turn held a silver inner
with a mask of gold, all probably usurped from earlier
burial sites. but
the mummy had been substantially destroyed by the poor conditions. The
large sarcophagus had originally been used 200 years earlier for
the burial of Merenptah in the Valley of the Kings.