A Re-purposed Ancient Egyptian Tomb

egyptian-plague-burial-site-617x416 The Funerary Complex of Harwa and Akhimenru on the west bank of the ancient city of Thebes (modern-day Luxor) in Egypt is our story of the week. The Italian Archaeological Mission to Luxor (MAIL) has worked at the Funerary Complex since 1997 under lead investigator Francesco Tiradritti of the Università di Enna Unikore.

The monument  is one of the largest private funerary monuments of Egypt. It had been constructed in the seventh-century BC in honor of Harwa, a powerful Egyptian grand steward. Akhimenru, his successor, also built his tomb there.

Cenotaph of HarwaTiradritti considers the complex a key monument for studying a peak period in Egyptian art known as the “Pharonic Renaissance” that lasted from the start of the seventh century BC until the mid-sixth century BC. During this time, artists created innovative new works that were rooted in older Egyptian artistic traditions.

The monument was used continuously for burial by Egyptians until it was put to a gruesome use in the third-century AD.  More on that Thursday.

Tomorrow, My Rant on “to” vs “than” vs “from”

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