Egyptian Desert Yields 'Door to Afterlife'

Massive granite slab was moved from tomb to Roman building
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2010 7:08 PM CDT
This undated photo is said to show a nearly 6-foot (1.75 meter) slab of pink granite used as a false door in the tomb of User, the chief minister of Queen Hatshepsut.   (AP Photo/Supreme Council of Antiquities)

(Newser) – A decorative granite door that dates to the 15th century BC has come to light in Egypt, illustrating the importance the ancient society attached to connections to the afterlife. The 6-foot-tall granite slab came from the tomb of User, a top adviser to Queen Hatshepsut. It would have been intended to let User and his wife travel between the realms of the living and the dead. The tomb was raided a millennium later and the door used in the construction of a Roman-era building, Discovery News reports.

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