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By focusing on archaeological data collected by Ernest Mackay in the early 20th century, this article proposes a revised reconstruction for the satellite pyramid of Meidum. This correction is followed by a discussion of who was responsible for constructing the main Meidum pyramid, and provides an opportunity to place all of the subsidiary pyramids within the giant tomb building program of Snefru, for the first time. The result is a comprehensive reassessment of the sequence of construction phases for the funerary sites of this king.
Nearly 4,000 years ago, several governors of Elephantine constructed monumental tombs today numbered as QH31, 32 and 33, on the southeast slope of the necropolis of Qubbet el-Hawa near Aswan. The exteriors of these funerary complexes form a continuous façade overlooking the Nile, and each tomb incorporates an open courtyard. This present paper provides a detailed description of the exterior of each tomb and analyzes the building methods used to create them. The methods used to cut the façades are studied, as well as the techniques used to remove the bulk of the bedrock to create the complexes.
This article presents results obtained from a PhD thesis defended in 2016 which studied land-based load transportation in the Egyptian Old through New Kingdoms. The main sources of information are iconographic representations of sled transportation, predominantly depicted in the rock-cut tombs and mastabas of the Old through Middle Kingdoms. The study addresses the current body of knowledge regarding the people and the technologies used during load haulage operations. By applying the results of the analysis, the author then estimates the weights of the loads moved and the sizes of the teams required to complete the hauls. The final objective is to fill lacunae in the current corpus of knowledge so that the various testimonies that have come down from Antiquity can be better understood.