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The rock-cut tomb was the most ubiquitous of Egyptian funerary monuments. This book surveys many of these varieties and traces their development. The New Kingdom royal tombs at Thebes and Amarna are described and capters are devoted to the groups of private tombs that date from the Old Kingdom onwards; the distinction is drawn between the tomb-chapels, decorated with the so-called 'scenes of daily life', and the associated burial chamters, in some casese cut a considerable distance away. The changes in decorative themes are explored, as are those in architecture and location. The book concludes with a brief look at the contruction of rock tombs, particularly in the context of workmen's village of Deir el-Medina, and their uncertain future.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780747801283
ISBN-10: 0747801282
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 150mm x 5mm)
Pages: 64
Imprint: Shire Publications Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 31-May-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Aidan Dodson

Aidan Dodson became interested in Egyptian archaeology at an early age and studied the subject at Collingwood College, Durham, Liverpool University and Christ's College, Cambridge. He received his BA in 1985 and an MPhil in 1986, spending a period working on the Egyptian collections in the University of Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum and Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

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