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Securing eternity : ancient Egyptian tomb protection from prehistory to the pyramids

Author: Reg Clark
Publisher: Cairo ; New York : The American University in Cairo Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The ancient Egyptian tomb evolved rapidly over a period of about 2,500 years, from a simple backfilled pit to an enormous stone pyramid with complex security arrangements. Much of this development was arguably driven by the ever-present threat of tomb robbery, which compelled tomb builders to introduce special architectural measures to prevent it. However, until now most scholarly Egyptological discussions of tomb  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Clark, Reg.
Securing Eternity : Ancient Egyptian Tomb Protection from Prehistory to the Pyramids.
La Vergne : The American University in Cairo Press, ©2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Reg Clark
ISBN: 9781617979491 161797949X
OCLC Number: 1107593628
Description: 1 online resource (377 pages)
Responsibility: Reg Clark.

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"The ancient Egyptian tomb evolved rapidly over a period of about 2,500 years, from a simple backfilled pit to an enormous stone pyramid with complex security arrangements. Much of this development was arguably driven by the ever-present threat of tomb robbery, which compelled tomb builders to introduce special architectural measures to prevent it. However, until now most scholarly Egyptological discussions of tomb security have tended to be brief and usually included only as part of a larger work, the topic instead being the subject of lurid speculation and fantasy in novels, the popular press, and cinema. In Securing Eternity, Reg Clark traces in detail the development of the Egyptian royal and private tombs from the Predynastic Period to the early Fourth Dynasty. In doing so, he demonstrates that many of the familiar architectural elements of the Egyptian tomb that we take for granted today in fact originated from security features to protect the tomb, rather than from monumental or religious considerations."--

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