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Macramallah's Rectangle: Re-Examining a First Dynasty Egyptian Cemetery Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
First Dynasty
Macramallah's Rectangle
Cemetery
Egypt
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Semple, Dyan L
Supervisor and department
Lovell, Nancy (Anthropology)
Examining committee member and department
Harrington, Lesley (Anthropology)
Gruhn-Bryan, Ruth (Anthropology)
Haagsma, Margriet (History and Classics)
Department
Department of Anthropology
Specialization

Date accepted
2012-09-20T09:17:08Z
Graduation date
2012-09
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Macramallah’s Rectangle, a single-period First Dynasty cemetery located on the Saqqara Plateau, presents a rare opportunity to re-examine previously published material and construct a deeper understanding of the cemetery and its context. Through a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, this thesis thoroughly explores the aspects of ordinary life in the capital region of Early Dynastic Egypt accessible through mortuary contexts. This analysis focuses in particular on the detailed discussion of sex, age, and status on an individual and group level. Previously, Macramallah’s Rectangle was often thought to be the site of human sacrifice during royal funerary rites. With a more detailed examination of aspects of the cemetery and its context, more prosaic explanations emerge. These prosaicisms build archaeological understanding of a time and people in transition, and explore how that transition translated to the public at large.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R39T5T
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