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A Rock-cut tomb was the most typical type of ancient Egyptian burial during the New Kingdom. They were tombs cut into an existing, naturally occurring rock formation. These kind of tombs were primarily reserved for the higher classes and royalty, while lower class citizens continued to use burial pits. Important examples of rock-cut tombs are found in the Theban Necropolis. There are two major types of rock-cut tombs; shaft and corridor tombs.

Shaft tombs[]

Vertical shaft entrance, one or several chambers.

Corridor tombs[]

Entrace through one or several corridors and steps/stairs, one or several chambers. Typically constructed for New Kingdom Pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings.

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