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Title: The construction and architecture of mastaba tombs in the Unas Cemetery
Author: Cooke, Ashley Elsdon
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2005
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This thesis explores different aspects of the architecture and construction of mastaba tombs in the late Old Kingdom. In particular it focuses on a group of tombs in the Unas Cemetery at Saqqara that can be characterised by their design and size, which are known as multi roomed mastabas. This includes an appraisal of tombs within this cemetery and examines the layout and development of the cemetery from the reign of Unas. Specific attention is paid to the constructional techniques used to build tombs via the recording and examination of specific architectural elements within different monuments. Features such as doorways and the security of the tomb and other aspects, such as the provision of storage space for the maintenance of the mortuary cult, are all considered. The thesis utilises published sources and survey work carried out by the author. Until comparatively recently, there has been no real attempt to produce a detailed study of the architectural make-up of multi-roomed mastabas and the implications of these observations for understanding the ways in which mastaba tombs were actually used. No thorough and comprehensive investigation has ever been dedicated to the constructional techniques, technology, materials and 'styles' of mastabas or, indeed, who built them. This thesis addresses these questions and addresses the imbalance of recording within Old Kingdom private tombs.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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