The most interesting tomb in this week’s reading is the tomb of Iufaa, a lector priest and palace official in the 26th or 27th Dynasty. This tomb was found at Abusir by a team of Czech archaeologists in the 1990s. It is pretty obvious that Iufaa was an important man, thus the constructors of the tomb wanted to keep the burial safe from grave robbers. The vaulted limestone roof of his tomb was located at the bottom of a vertical shaft that was filled with sand that is over twenty-one meters below the ground. In addition to this main shaft, there were also two vertical subsidiary shafts that were also filled with sand that emptied into the main shaft. It took the team of archaeologists three years to clear out all of the sand from the three shafts. If grave robbers wanted to enter the tomb, they would have to remove several hundred cubic meters of sand from the main shaft, and that is just the main shaft! Since the subsidiary shafts empty into the main shaft, the sand from those would have to be removed too, making it basically an impossible task. Even if grave robbers were to get into the burial chamber, it would be very difficult to get into the actual tomb. The chamber was made of limestone blocks, along with the lid to the sarcophagus that weighed twenty-four tons. A large basalt anthropoid sarcophagus was under the limestone lid, and beneath that were the remains of a decayed wooden coffin. When all of these cases were removed, a covering of thousands of faience beads were revealed. It is clear that they were trying to keep thieves out of this grave. This appears to be a grave of a very important person since they tried to keep robbers out with several techniques. However, when the mummy was examined, it was not preserved very well. Thankfully the fingers were still covered with gold foil, marking the priest’s importance.