The mummies and objects found at the cache of Bab el-Gasus Cache in 1891 go online. France
Jamen (Associate Researcher at the Laboratory History and Sources of the Antique World,
Lyon) and Alain Dautant (French National Centre for Scientific Research, Bordeaux) in
collaboration with the InVisu Laboratory (INHA – French National Centre for Scientific
Research), have created a database for the Bab el-Gasus cache (Luxor, Deir el-Bahari), known
also as “The Priestly Cache”.
The 1891 discovery of the Bab el Gasus cache, next to the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el
Bahari has been fundamental for shedding light onto the history and the society of the Third
Intermediate Period in Egypt (1550-655 BCE), as teh site where 153 members of the Theban
elite of the end of the 21st Dynasty (1069-945 BCE) had been interred. Till the time of their
discovery though, the finds remained little studied. Actually, the 4000 objects that come from
the cache, scattered between 90 museums across the world, remained largely unpublished or,
when mentioned, they are seen out of an archaeological, historical and social context. In that
light, the new database seeks to gather together all the sets of information available. This
database seeks to to centralize all the information that can be gathered on these objects and
their owners. It will provide an overview of the discovery and a representative sample of
funerary material from the end of the 21st dynasty.
The current version contains all the names (223) and titles (274) of the 153 deceased buried in
this tomb and 70 related persons along with a first set of 1280 funerary objects conserved in 97
museums in 26 countries.
The database is accessible online at: