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The Mortuary Temple of Senwosret III at Abydos

By Josef Wegner

The Mortuary Temple of Senwosret III at Abydos
Hardback, 415 pages £139.00
Published: 2007
ISBN: 9780974002545
Format: 343mm x 265mm
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Subjects: Archaeology, Egyptology, Yale Egyptological Institute


The ruins of the mortuary complex named Enduring-are-the Places of Khakaure-true-of-voice in Abydos are located at South Abydos. Erected for pharaoh Khakaure-Senwosret III (ca. 1878-1841 BC) of Dynasty 12, the Abydos complex includes a subterranean royal tomb built beneath a peak anciently called Anubis-Mountain, and a mortuary temple named Nefer-Ka (Beautiful-is-the-Ka) established for the afterlife cult of Senwosret III. Although the Egypt Exploration Fund initially discovered and examined the site between 1899-1902, the Senwosret III complex has for the last century remained enigmatic, partially through virtue of its location at Abydos. It has often been identified as an Abydene royal cenotaph. In 1994 the University of Pennsylvania-Yale University-Institute of Fine Arts, NYU Expedition initiated a renewed program of excavation at South Abydos. A focus of this work has been a comprehensive investigation of the Senwosret III mortuary temple. Excavation of the temple's well-preserved architecture in tandem with work on its surroundings now provides the basis for a detailed reconstruction of this major Middle Kingdom royal mortuary temple.

The volume includes six parts arranged in twenty-two chapters with three appendixes. Part I examines the organization of the Senwosret III complex as a whole. Part II is devoted to the architecture and functions of the containment building that housed the stone-built cult structure named Nefer-Ka . Part III examines the architecture, decorative and statue program of the cult building proper and presents a reconstruction of the building's layout and appearance. Part IV discusses the significant archaeological contexts that surround the temple including external activity areas, refuse deposits and the temple's ceramic assemblage. Part V includes publication of the seal corpus associated with the temple and presents a model of the temple's administrative structure based on institutional stamp seals and private name seals. Part VI examines the current evidence pertaining to the tomb enclosure and Senwosret III's subterranean tomb. The volume includes drawings and photographs of approximately one thousand objects: relief, statue and architectural fragments, small objects, seals and seal impressions, and ceramics.

In its overall characteristics, the Senwosret III complex is an innovative royal mortuary establishment. Although it has discernible roots in the preceding royal pyramid tradition, the complex as a whole displays traits which presage the New Kingdom format of royal burial complex in the Valley of the Kings. Its hidden tomb at the foot of Anubis-Mountain , paired with its cultivation-edge mortuary temple makes this site pivotal in the evolution of the Egyptian royal mortuary complex. The volume addresses our understanding of this site as either a cenotaph or burial complex for Senwosret III, and the cult of this king which was maintained at South Abydos for some 150 years until its decline at the end of the 13th Dynasty, ca. 1700 BC.







List of Figures

List of Plates

List of Abbreviations

Preface

Bibliography


PART I: THE MORTUARY COMPLEX AND TEMPLE OF SENWOSRET III AT SOUTH ABYDOS

Introduction

Chapter 1: The Mortuary Complex of Senwosret III

PART II: THE MUDBRICK CONTAINMENT BUILDING

Chapter 2: Architectural features and Design Principles of the Temple

Chapter 3: Control Notes, Team Marks, and the Temple's Construction Sequence

Chapter 4: The Architecture of the Outer Temple

Chapter 5: The East Block

Chapter 6: The West Block

Chapter 7: The Central Water Channel System

PART III: THE ARCHITECTURE AND DECORATIVE PROGRAM OF THE SENWOSRET III CULT BUILDING AND FORECOURT

Chapter 8: The Columned Forecourt

Chapter 9: The Foundations and Exterior Architecture of the Cult Building

Chapter 10: The Interior Architecture of the Cult Building

Chapter 11: The Interior Relief Decoration of the Cult Building

Chapter 12: The Exterior Relief Decoration of the Cult Building and Forecourt

Chapter 13: The Royal Statuary

Chapter 14: Comparative Lexicographic and Functional Analysis of the Senwosret III Cult Building and Forecourt

Chapter 15: An Architectural Model of the Cult Building Nfr-K and its Forecourt

Chapter 16: Observations on the Position of the Senwosret III Mortuary Building in the Development of the Royal Mortuary Temple

PART IV: THE TEMPLE'S CERAMIC ASSEMBLAGE, REFUSE DEPOSITS AND EXTERNAL ACTIVITY AREAS

Chapter 17: The Ceramic Assemblage of the Senwosret III Temple

Chapter 18: The Temple's External Refuse Deposits

Chapter 19: Satellite Activity Areas: The Temple Production Area, Temple Cemetery and Quartzite Debris Field

PART V: THE TEMPLE'S SEALING CORPUS AND ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANIZATION

Chapter 20: The Sealing Assemblage, Decorative Scarab and Royal Name Sealings

Chapter 21: The Stamp Seal Corpus and Institutional Structure of the Senwosret III Mortuary Cult

Chapter 22: Name and Title Scarab Sealings

PART VI: THE SENWOSRET III TOMB AND TOMB ENCLOSURE

Appendix 1: The Senwosret III Tomb Enclosure

Appendix 2: The Subterranean Tomb of Senwosret III

Appendix 3: The Stela of Nebipusenwosret (BM 101) and its Association with the Cult of Senwosret III at Abydos

Concluding Observations

Index I: General

Index II: Egyptian personal Names

Index III: Egyptian Words, Phrases and Titles

Plates




Josef Wegner is Associate Professor of Egyptian Archaeology in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania and Associate Curator in the Egyptian Section, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.




Publication Details:


Binding:
 Hardback , 415 pages
ISBN:
 9780974002545
Format:
 343mm x 265mm

BIC Code:
 1QDAE, HBJF1, HDDG
BISAC Code:
  HIS002030, HIS026000, SOC003000
Imprint:
 Yale Egyptological Institute


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