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Tomb Paintings, Bahariya Oasis, Egypt, 2001

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Paintings adorn the walls of the mortuary complex of Zed-Khons-uef-ankh, who ruled Bahariya during Egypt's 26th dynasty (664-525 B.C.), a time when the isolated oases of the Western Desert were strategically important buffers against Libyan invaders. Archaeologists had been looking for his tomb since finding those of his relatives in 1938.

(Photo shot on assignment for, but not published in, "Egypt's Hidden Tombs Revealed," September 2001, National Geographic magazine)

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Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

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