1. Nameless Lives at Tarkhan and Saqqara

Early Tombs and the Ka

  1. Steven Snape

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393743.ch1

Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death

Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death

How to Cite

Snape, S. (2011) Nameless Lives at Tarkhan and Saqqara, in Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393743.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 28 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405120890

Online ISBN: 9781444393743

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Keywords:

  • nameless lives at Tarkhan and Saqqara - early tombs and the Ka;
  • burials and beliefs in predynastic cemeteries;
  • Predynastic Period and its sub-divisions, typical burials - no two graves of Predynastic, identical in their form or contents;
  • most remarkable tomb of the Predynastic - the ‘Painted Tomb’ at Hierakonpolis, dating back to Naqada II;
  • natural preservation of the body, far-reaching consequences - for Egyptians' attitudes to the body in their view of the afterlife;
  • burial excavated by Petrie in 1912–13 - at late Predynastic cemetery of Tarkhan;
  • emergence of the bipartite tomb;
  • Tarkhan tombs, representing one solution - major issue in afterlife beliefs, and burial practices of late Predynastic/early Dynastic;
  • elite Mastabas at Saqqara - the tomb as a storeroom;
  • Predynastic graves, and their contents - extremely well preserved

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Burials and Beliefs in Predynastic Cemeteries

  • The Emergence of the Bipartite Tomb

  • Elite Mastabas at Saqqara: The Tomb as a Storeroom

  • The Human Spirit (1): The Ka

  • The Tomb as a House for the Ka