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The regional significance of mortuary architecture at the Dendara necropolis, from between c.2345 BCE – 2055 BCE

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posted on 28.03.2022, 09:46 by Jacob Gwiazdzinski
The evolution of funerary traditions and mortuary features is a valuable proxy indicator of contemporaneous local cultural practices and political relations. The necropolis at Dendara presents a well suited case-study for the First Intermediate Period (c. 2160-2055 BCE)1. This thesis attempts to determine the relative importance of Dendera, from the late Old Kingdom to the Middle Kingdom (c.2345 –2055 BCE) through a comparative analysis of mortuary structures against examples at other Ancient Egyptian cemeteries. The study will use archaeological evidence to provide one of the most comprehensive studies of Dendara’s significance during the First Intermediate Period.


Table of Contents

1. Introduction -- 2. History of work at Dendara -- 3. Critical evaluation of Slater -- 4. Funerary structures and substructures -- 5. Shaft traditions -- 6. Shaft group traditions -- 7. Offering place traditions -- 8. Mastaba traditions -- 9. Staff tomb traditions -- 10. Conclusions -- References -- Appendices.


Bibliography: pages 66-79 Theoretical thesis.

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Ancient History

Department, Centre or School

Department of Ancient History

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Yann Tristant


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1 online resource ([vii], 104 pages) maps, plans

Former Identifiers

mq:70947 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1269293