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The Mortuary Temple of Senwosret III at Abydos

The Mortuary Temple of Senwosret III at Abydos

Hardback Publications of the Pennsylvania-Yale Expedition to Egypt

By (author) Josef Wegner

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  • Publisher: Yale Egyptological Seminar
  • Format: Hardback | 415 pages
  • Dimensions: 279mm x 343mm x 41mm | 3,175g
  • Publication date: 31 December 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0974002542
  • ISBN 13: 9780974002545
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: Includes 171 figures & 112 plates

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Includes 171 figures and 112 plates, some in colour. Erected for pharaoh Khakaure-Senwosret III (ca. 1878-1841 BC) of Dynasty 12, the Abydos mortuary complex includes a subterranean royal tomb built beneath a peak anciently called Anubis-Mountain, and a mortuary temple named Nefer-Ka (Beautiful-is-the-Ka) established for the afterlife cult of Senwosret III. Although the Egypt Exploration Fund initially discovered and examined the site between 1899-1902, the Senwosret III complex has for the last century remained enigmatic, partially through virtue of its location at Abydos. It has often been identified as an Abydene royal cenotaph. In 1994 the University of Pennsylvania-Yale University-Institute of Fine Arts, NYU Expedition initiated a renewed program of excavation at South Abydos. A focus of this work has been a comprehensive investigation of the Senwosret III mortuary temple. Excavation of the temple's well-preserved architecture in tandem with work on its surroundings now provides the basis for a detailed reconstruction of this major Middle Kingdom royal mortuary temple.

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by Joseph Wegner

Table of contents

The volume includes six parts arranged in twenty-two chapters with three appendixes. Part I examines the organization of the Senwosret III complex as a whole. Part II is devoted to the architecture and functions of the containment building that housed the stone-built cult structure named Nefer-Ka . Part III examines the architecture, decorative and statue program of the cult building proper and presents a reconstruction of the building's layout and appearance. Part IV discusses the significant archaeological contexts that surround the temple including external activity areas, refuse deposits and the temple's ceramic assemblage. Part V includes publication of the seal corpus associated with the temple and presents a model of the temple's administrative structure based on institutional stamp seals and private name seals. Part VI examines the current evidence pertaining to the tomb enclosure and Senwosret III's subterranean tomb. The volume includes drawings and photographs of approximately one thousand objects.