Door to the Afterlife creaks open in Egypt

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Archaeologists have managed to painstakingly unearth a 3,500-year-old "Door to the Afterlife" that was originally placed in the tomb of an ancient high-ranking Egyptian official in Luxor.

According to the Associated Press, the six-foot-tall recessed niches, or "doorways," were designed to transport the spirits of the dead to and from the afterworld.

Door to the Eternal Afterlife creaks open in EgyptFalse doors were also placed in the west walls of tombs along with "offering tables," where food and drink were proudly displayed for the spirit of the deceased.

The door was discovered in proximity to the tomb of User, which housed the remains of the former chief minister of Queen Hatshepsut who ruled the Egyptian New Kingdom during the 5th century B.C.



User had held the coveted position of Vizier for 20 years, after having acquired the titles of prince and mayor of the city.

It should be noted that the stone "doorway" was unearthed a "long way" from the original tomb, as it had apparently been removed and incorporated in the wall of a Roman Aegyptian building approximately a thousand years later.