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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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Faunal Remains in the Tomb Karabasken (TT 391)

Faunal Remains in the Tomb Karabasken (TT 391)

(p.337) 16 Faunal Remains in the Tomb Karabasken (TT 391)
Tombs of the South Asasif Necropolis

Salima Ikrame

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter examines the faunal remains unearthed in the tomb of Karabasken. The Pillared Hall of the tomb chapel of Karabasken yielded a dense deposit of 875 bones that showed signs of some degree of weathering and erosion, possibly because of flood and wind activities, combined with sand and soil abrasion. In addition to bones, date pits, cow and ovicaprid dung, and vegetal material were found. The entire deposit of animal bones in the Pillared Hall of Karabasken's tomb can be estimated to consist of at least 2,900 cattle and 580 ovicaprids. None of the bones bore butchery marks. The bones might be the result of years of religious feasts and celebrations that involved the slaughter of cattle, such as the two annual Eids, the birth of children, and funerals. Nevertheless, the absence of butchery marks, together with the presence of all the bones, is puzzling.

Keywords:   reconstruction, fragments, Stundenritual, Ritual of the Hours of the Day, tomb of Karakhamun, digital photographs, Eighth Hour of the Day

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