Forgotten Cemetery F at Abydos and burial practices of the late Old Kingdom

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Abydos Cemetery F is an Old Kingdom burial ground that was excavated on behalf of the Egypt Exploration Fund by E. R. Ayrton and W. L. S. Loat in 1908-1909. It was never fully published. Cemeteries of this type were generally neglected in the past but the unpublished records of Cemetery F provide an opportunity to partially rectify this, especially when compared with the results of recent archaeological work nearby. Through the lens of Tomb F40, this article briefly re-examines what can be understood from this cemetery about the
social position and burial practices of a Sixth Dynasty population cohort from Abydos. Future systematic examination of the archaeological landscape, grave construction and burial goods of the remaining graves would illuminate the social milieu, economic position
and spatial organisation of the cemetery and the people buried within.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEgyptian culture and society
Subtitle of host publicationstudies in honour of Naguib Kanawati
EditorsAlexandra Woods, Ann McFarlane, Susanne Binder
Place of PublicationCairo
PublisherSupreme Council of Antiquities Egypt
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9789774798456
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameSupplément aux Annales du Service des antiquités de l'Egypte
PublisherSupreme Council of Antiquities Egypt


  • Egypt--History--Old Kingdom, ca. 2686-ca. 2181 B.C.
  • Funerary archaeology
  • Material culture--Egypt
  • Abydos


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