By Steven Snape
This ebook explores the advance of tombs as a cultural phenomenon in historic Egypt and examines what tombs show approximately historical Egyptian tradition and Egyptians’ trust within the afterlife.
Investigates the jobs of tombs within the improvement of funerary practicesContent:
Chapter 1 anonymous Lives at Tarkhan and Saqqara (pages 7–23):
Chapter 2 Pits, Palaces and Pyramids (pages 24–34):
Chapter three Non?Royal Cemeteries of Dynasty four (pages 35–50):
Chapter four Unas, Teti and Their Courts (pages 51–67):
Chapter five The Tombs of Qar and Idu (pages 68–85):
Chapter 6 A transforming into Independence (pages 86–104):
Chapter 7 Ankhtify (pages 105–116):
Chapter eight Osiris, Lord of Abydos (pages 117–135):
Chapter nine ‘Lords of lifestyles’ (pages 136–147):
Chapter 10 Strangers and Brothers (pages 148–165):
Chapter eleven North and South (pages 166–175):
Chapter 12 Ineni, Senenmut and User?Amun (pages 176–189):
Chapter thirteen Rekhmire and the Tomb of the Well?Known Soldier (pages 190–206):
Chapter 14 Huya and Horemheb (pages 207–222):
Chapter 15 Samut and the Ramesside deepest Tomb (pages 223–232):
Chapter sixteen Sennedjem (pages 233–244):
Chapter 17 Petosiris (pages 245–259):
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The discovery in 1990 (O’Connor 2009: 183–194) of a series of full-size boat burials arranged around the Shunet es-Zebib is also capable of a number of interpretations, from a royal fleet available for the king should he wish to leave his palace to a funerary flotilla to convey him to an afterlife beyond this world. Certainly by the Old Kingdom it is clear that the royal afterlife was fundamentally different to that of everyone else, but the extent to which these ideas were already present in Dynasties 1 and 2 is obscure.
Does it exist at all? For the Egyptians the multiple possibilities provided by the multiplicity 20 Nameless Lives at Tarkhan and Saqqara of personal spiritual forms were a source of varied opportunities for a beneficial afterlife, but also multiple potential problems. Another factor which needs to be taken into consideration is the ways in which expectations of an afterlife changed over time. Although there was no fundamental revolution in the ways the Egyptians viewed the afterlife, there was a gradual agglomeration of possibilities – new possibilities were added to older ones without necessarily replacing them.
The valley building and the causeway may have been specifically designed for the funeral of the king, but they also, like the mortuary temple, had an enduring role to play in the continued use of the complex. Variations to this basic format did occur, and other elements regularly appeared, including a smaller subsidiary pyramid (function unknown) and pits for the burial of full-sized boats, but the standard elements of the complex remained essentially unaltered until the demise of the pyramid as a royal tomb at the end of the Middle Kingdom.