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Grave goods

Post by carrie » Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:25 pm

The tombs must have been full of the most marvellous things before they were robbed what I was wondering is whether these goods were specially made to go into the tombs or where they actually things that were used in life?



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Re: Grave goods

Post by Kevininabydos » Fri Jun 19, 2015 9:56 am

Many grave goods that have survived the robbers show signs of daily use, (Tutankhamen's walking sticks are a fine example) but the vast majority were made specifically for interment with the deceased. There were vast workshops of artisans creating goods for the funerary cult through out the Two Lands.
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Re: Grave goods

Post by Brian Yare » Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:44 pm

I suspect that it also is related to status. The elite probably had a lot of (mostly) new grave goods, whereas the less elite will have had a very few much poorer, or well-used items. We don't know much about "hoi polloi".

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Re: Grave goods

Post by Kevininabydos » Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:37 am

A lot more insight into "hoi polloi" burial practices has been gained from the excavations, that are still ongoing, at tel Amarna. The huge graveyards of the ordinary population of the city are giving up it's secrets. Though simple compared to the rich and famous peoples tombs they are full of insight into the lives of the general population. Grave goods tend to be simple such as pots of offerings, if any are present at all. Most are nothing more than simple skeletal remains where as others contain bronze and bead jewelry. If you have an interest in the subject you may find this of interest: http://www.amarnatrust.com/newsletter.shtml
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Re: Grave goods

Post by newcastle » Sat Jun 20, 2015 9:25 pm

Several tombs of the royal tomb builders in Deir el Medina were discovered more or less intact a century or so ago.

Unfortunately, the contents were not extensively catalogued & were dispersed to various collections around the world.

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