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Report of the 2003 and 2011 Seasons of the South Abydos Mastabas Project

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The South Abydos Mastabas Project, with the support of the Penn-Yale-IFA Expedition to Abydos and an AEF Student Training Grant, recently completed a second season of excavation at tomb S9. This monument and nearby S10 are likely Thirteenth Dynasty royal tombs adjacent to the Senwosret III funerary complex being excavated by Joseph Wegner of the University of Pennsylvania. Thus far, limited excavations have revealed that Arthur Weigall, who worked at the tomb in 1901-02, did not fully investigate it. Thus, recent excavations have begun to indicate the significant potential these tombs have for uncovering important details regarding political and ideological changes during the Thirteenth Dynasty as well as royal cult practices in general.

In the 2003 season, we discovered the remnants of a rectilinear building to the local east of the tomb. Since this building was aligned with the subterranean burial chamber, we contemplated that it might be a poorly preserved cult structure. However, in 2011, we began to remove a large spoil heap from the top of the local eastern enclosure wall. To our surprise, we discovered a relatively well-preserved mudbrick building. We have now excavated two small rooms of this structure, which contains about 0.50 meters of intact fill and has thus far included over 70 seal impressions, fabric, resin, and ceramics, likely related either to the mummification of the king, his funeral, or his mortuary cult. The material is providing clues concerning the date of this tomb and the officials who participated in activities associated with it.
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McCormack, Dawn. "Report of the 2003 and 2011 Seasons of the South Abydos Mastabas Project" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, Renaissance Providence Hotel, Providence, RI, Apr 27, 2012 <Not Available>. 2014-12-12 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p562098_index.html>

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McCormack, D. , 2012-04-27 "Report of the 2003 and 2011 Seasons of the South Abydos Mastabas Project" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, Renaissance Providence Hotel, Providence, RI <Not Available>. 2014-12-12 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p562098_index.html

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Abstract: The South Abydos Mastabas Project, with the support of the Penn-Yale-IFA Expedition to Abydos and an AEF Student Training Grant, recently completed a second season of excavation at tomb S9. This monument and nearby S10 are likely Thirteenth Dynasty royal tombs adjacent to the Senwosret III funerary complex being excavated by Joseph Wegner of the University of Pennsylvania. Thus far, limited excavations have revealed that Arthur Weigall, who worked at the tomb in 1901-02, did not fully investigate it. Thus, recent excavations have begun to indicate the significant potential these tombs have for uncovering important details regarding political and ideological changes during the Thirteenth Dynasty as well as royal cult practices in general.

In the 2003 season, we discovered the remnants of a rectilinear building to the local east of the tomb. Since this building was aligned with the subterranean burial chamber, we contemplated that it might be a poorly preserved cult structure. However, in 2011, we began to remove a large spoil heap from the top of the local eastern enclosure wall. To our surprise, we discovered a relatively well-preserved mudbrick building. We have now excavated two small rooms of this structure, which contains about 0.50 meters of intact fill and has thus far included over 70 seal impressions, fabric, resin, and ceramics, likely related either to the mummification of the king, his funeral, or his mortuary cult. The material is providing clues concerning the date of this tomb and the officials who participated in activities associated with it.


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