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Dayr al-Barsha Volume II. First Intermediate Period Restoration of Old Kingdom Tombs


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Authors:  De Meyer M.
Year: 2019
ISBN: 978-90-429-2480-2
Price: forthcoming

Summary:
This is the second volume of the final reports of the mission of the KU Leuven in Dayr al-Barsha (Middle Egypt). This volume is dedicated to the Old Kingdom rock tombs that are mainly located on the south hill of the site. First a general introduction to this necropolis is given, together with a history of the research in this area. While most of the rock tombs are undecorated, there are several that do contain reliefs and inscriptions, all of which are published here for the first time in facsimile drawings and provided with transcriptions and translations. The title strings of the persons buried at Dayr al-Barsha are then compared to the title strings encountered in contemporary tombs at nearby al-Shaykh Said.
In five Old Kingdom tombs at Dayr al-Barsha and four at al-Shaykh Said, restoration inscriptions were left by a First Intermediate Period nomarch named Djehutinakht, son of Teti. These inscriptions are published in facsimile for the first time, and the importance of these texts is discussed in relation to the chronology of the nomarchs of the First Intermediate Period and early Middle Kingdom in the Hare Nome.
Finally, the Old Kingdom tombs at Dayr al-Barsha that contain one of these restoration texts, were excavated in search for the meaning of this restoration. The archaeological reports regarding these tombs are presented, and the discovery of the intact tomb of Henu provides the best insight in what the restoration by Djehutinakht encompassed.


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