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Tombs of the South Asasif NecropolisNew Discoveries and Research 2012-2014$
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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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Tombs of Karakhamun and Karabasken, 2012–14: Fieldwork1

Tombs of Karakhamun and Karabasken, 2012–14: Fieldwork1

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Tombs of the South Asasif Necropolis

Elena Pischikova

Fathy Yaseen Abd el Karim

Ramadan Ahmed Ali

Ezz El Din Kamal El Noby

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter focuses on the excavation of the entrance areas and open courts in the tombs of Karabasken and Karakhamun during the 2012–2014 field work. Karabasken and Karakhamun are the personalities behind the revival of large decorated tombs in the Theban area. The decisions and choices they made influenced tomb development in the late Kushite and Saite periods. By combining and reinterpreting elements of temple complexes and royal and elite tombs of earlier periods, they created a new theological space, a Kushite version of the temple-tomb. The chapter describes the architectural decoration of the entrance areas and open courts in the tombs of Karabasken and Karakhamun, along with some of the archaeological finds at the site ranging from fragments of a statue of Osiris to remains of burial equipment such as tubular faience beads and amulets from mummy nets.

Keywords:   entrance areas, open courts, tombs, Karabasken, Karakhamun, Theban, theological space, architectural decoration, archaeological finds, burial equipment

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