Excavations, Egypt, Fag el-Gamous, Textiles, Jewelry


Elsewhere in this volume we discuss extensively the burial practices of the common man as represented in the Fag el-Gamous sand cemetery. While these burials must represent the common, or poorer, people of the area due to their large numbers, they are remarkable in regards to the amount of resources used for a common burial.1 The two most frequently used types of goods associated with these burials, and probably the most expensive, are textiles and jewelry. In order to better understand these burials and the requisite resources marshaled by the deceased during their life and their loved ones after their death, this paper explores a few case studies of burial textiles and jewelry. By better understanding these two elements, we can more fully understand funerary culture of the area as a whole. For those who are interested, explanations of some terms specific to textiles are placed in footnotes.

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“Textiles and Jewelry at Fag el-Gamous,” in Excavations at Fag el-Gamous and the Seila Pyramid, Kerry Muhlestein, editor in chief, Krystal V. L. Pierce and Bethany Jesnen, eds., Harvard Egyptological Studies vol. 7. (Leiden: Brill, 2020), 186-206.

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Ancient Scripture

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