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Elena Pischikova

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789774167249

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774167249.001.0001

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Material from a Possible Industrial Area in the Tomb of Karakhamun (TT 223)1

Material from a Possible Industrial Area in the Tomb of Karakhamun (TT 223)1

(p.315) 14 Material from a Possible Industrial Area in the Tomb of Karakhamun (TT 223)1
Tombs of the South Asasif Necropolis

Paul T. Nicholson

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter considers the possibility of faience production in the tomb of Karakhamun. The tomb of Karakhamun is comprised of a dromos, vestibule, solar court, two pillared halls, and an antechamber leading to the burial chamber itself. In the first of these pillared halls, excavations in 2009 revealed extensive areas of burning all around the courtyard and a concentration of concreted bones along the southern side of the courtyard. Analysis of the bones showed that they belong almost exclusively to cattle. Some of the animal bones are blue, often in quite intense shades. This is probably due to the natural effect of burning bones. The chapter asks whether the presence of calcined bones, slag, and occasional faience beads implies that some form of industrial activity had taken place at the site. It also describes the workshop of “Abud” Mohammed Hasan at Qurna.

Keywords:   faience, tomb of Karakhamun, pillared halls, burial chamber, burning, courtyard, animal bones, industrial activity, workshop, Abud Mohammed Hasan

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