PLAN OF TYPICAL FUNERARY COMPLEX
This diagram, while not of any specific funerary complex, shows the basic parts found at most of the sites. The body of the king was brought to the valley temple for the beginning of the burial process. In the valley temple it was "mummyfied" and prepared for burial over a period of two to three months. Next it was moved in a wooden coffin on a ceremonial barge, which was moved up the causeway to the mortuary temple. There after prayers and rituals it was placed on a more ceremonial barge which was moved by priests up a temporary ramp to the entrance of the pyramid. There it was carried to the tomb within the pyramid where it was placed into the sarchophagus, which was sealed with a heavy granite cover. After placing food and other objects for the use of the kings spirit within the tomb chamber, it was then closed and the pyramid sealed.
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