As for this tomb, it was the king of Upper and Lower Egypt, Menkure, [living forever], who caused that it be [made], when [his majesty] was [upon] the road beside the pyramid, HirC (HY), in order to inspect the work on the pyramid: "Divine-is-Menkure." --- [there camel] the [naval] commander and the two high priests of Memphis, and
the [workmen, standing upon it, to inspect the work on [the pyramid, "Divine-is-Menkure"]. - 50 men were assigned to do the work on it every day, besides [exacting of them, that which the r-1 desired. His majesty commanded that [no man
should be taken] for any forced labor, except to do the work on it, to his satisfaction.
"You mean that pesky inscription from the tomb by the Sphinx that Hassan admitted could have been made at
any time during the Dynastic period?"
Case in point for the readers, that would be a no. It is from the 4th Dynasty rock cut tomb of Debhen (G 8090):
Discussed previously HERE.
Which Hassan is more than adamant dates to the 4th Dynasty which he says of his excavation efforts of the tomb:
[Hassan, Selim. Excavations at Gîza 4: 1932-1933 p160 (Debhen p159-184]Quote
These measures will, I hope, preserve from further destruction an extremely interesting monument of the past, and one, moreover, of great archaeological value, by reason of the inscription upon its eastern wall, which not only affords us a vivid and pleasantly human picture of a great Pharaoh's [Menkaure] relations with his subjects but also provides us with a definite dating for the tomb, thus giving us valuable evidence as to the age of the other tombs not so precisely inscribed, but may be dated by comparison of type and constructional peculiarities.
So not only is Hassan secure in the knowledge the tomb of Debhen dates to the 4th Dynasty, but hails it as one of the most secure examples of such which can be used as a lynch pin to help date others.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 21-Dec-16 03:15 by Thanos5150.