2. Pits, Palaces and Pyramids

Royal Cemeteries of the Early Dynastic Period and Old Kingdom

  1. Steven Snape

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393743.ch2

Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death

Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death

How to Cite

Snape, S. (2011) Pits, Palaces and Pyramids, in Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393743.ch2

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:

  • pits, palaces and pyramids - Royal cemeteries of the Early Dynastic Period and Old Kingdom;
  • Royal Tombs of Dynasty 1, between 4000 and 3000 BC - archaeology of Egypt, southern Egypt;
  • social stratification display, by emergent elites - and quasi-royal figures, at capital cities of emerging mini-kingdoms, Naqada, Hierakonpolis and Abydos;
  • end of Predynastic Period, bifurcations - nature and status of king and rest of population of Egypt;
  • royal and nonroyal burial differences - location of the royal cemetery;
  • tombs, within physical constraints - of Umm el-Qa'ab cemetery, small with contemporary non-royal elite tombs at Saqqara;
  • plan of cemetery area at Abydos;
  • Dynasty 2, confusing picture, in terms of development of royal tombs - Dynasty 2, a little-understood period;
  • step pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara;
  • changes to pyramid complex - between Dynasties 3 and 4, more radical than those to the pyramid itself

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Royal Tombs of Dynasty 1

  • Stairway to Heaven? The Royal Step Pyramid

  • The Rise of the True Pyramid

  • Offerings for the King: Peopling the Pyramid Complex