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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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Karnak’s Quaysides: The Embankments from the New Kingdom to the Kushito-Saite Period

Karnak’s Quaysides: The Embankments from the New Kingdom to the Kushito-Saite Period

(p.7) 1 Karnak’s Quaysides: The Embankments from the New Kingdom to the Kushito-Saite Period
Tombs of the South Asasif Necropolis

Mansour Boraik

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter focuses on the Kushite sacred landscape and Twenty-fifth Dynasty finds at Karnak. It is based on the results of archaeological excavations undertaken by a team from the Supreme Council of Antiquities directed by the author in the western and southern parts of the Karnak temple complex. The chapter examines textual, iconographical, and archaeological sources that provide evidence of important movements of the Nile during the New Kingdom until the abandonment of the site. The excavations revealed a great embankment at least 6.5 meters high, roughly running on a north–south axis, parallel to the Nile. It was built of rough-cut blocks of sandstone and connected with two quays constructed in front of the temple. Based on the evidence, the chapter draws hypotheses as to the historical evolution of the embankments in front of the temple from the New Kingdom to the Kushito-Saite period.

Keywords:   sacred landscape, Twenty-fifth Dynasty, Karnak, archaeological excavations, temple complex, New Kingdom, Nile, quays, embankments, Kushito-Saite period

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