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The burial of Hor, a priest of the Egyptian god Montu

Hor was a priest of Montu who lived in the Twenty-fifth Dynasty, around 680 BC. Most of the priests of Montu of this time were buried in and around the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari. The burials were discovered in catacombs under the floors of the chapels of Hathor and Anubis in the 1850s and 1890s, and then in the 1920s in the courtyard.

Hor's burial was found before the main discoveries, by a traveller from Hull, probably around 1824. The traveller's collection was sold in 1880, and the coffins entered The British Museum. However, the mummy of Hor, although present at the auction, has since disappeared. One of Hor's shabti boxes entered The British Museum collection from Giovanni d'Athanasi in the 1830s, while the other is now in Aberdeen Museum.

The burial of a close relative of Hor was found at about the same time. It seems that the Hor's family vault was found in the 1820s and its contents dispersed before the great discoveries of the 1850s. Although the exact location of this vault is not known, it was probably in the area of the chapel of Hathor in the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari.

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