Tomb Mastaba 24 at Dahshur


De Morgan's excavations encompassed two groups of mastabas: The group of mastabas of the era of Snefru, situated near the pyramid of Usertesen III consists of monuments built of stone, while further south, near the tomb of Amenemhat II, we find only the mastabas of brick. (p. 2). No. 24 was one of the second group.

Mastaba 24

(Adapted from De Morgan, 1903)

From the entrance a narrow corridor leads to the main hall which contains two stelae. Three shafts are behind the stelae. To the west of this is another construction attached to the first. It contains a shaft and three rooms, including two that are almost certainly serdabs.

The mastaba had been robbed, however the roof of one of the serdabs had collapsed before the robbery took place, and a number of statuettes were found beneath the rubble. Some of these were inscribed, revealing the name of the tomb's principal owner to be "Spy".

Excavation Report

De Morgan Fouilles a Dahchour, 1894-95, 1903 pp. 18-21


  1. Spy