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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 9:20 pm    Post subject: Uaht-rest Reply with quote

What can any of you tell us about Uaht-rest in antiquity?

What occured there? What was going on there in Ausir's myths?
And what was going on in Uaht-rest during the 12th and 18th dynasties?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uaht-rest is another name for the Kharga oasis. Known for the Hibis Temple.

According to touregypt the temple is dedicated to the Theban triad, consisting of the gods, Amun, Mut and Khonsu.
This temple seems to date to the Persian period though.

There's some info here:
http://www.egyptsites.co.uk/deserts/western/kharga/intro.html

Apparently the ancient history of the site is not all that well known.

It may have been a place of exile though:
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Historical references to expeditions into Kharga Oasis go back as far as the Old Kingdom, but little evidence remains in Kharga today of life in pharaonic times. The ancient route into the oasis from Luxor, known as the Luxor-Farshut desert road is currently being studied by the Oriental Institute of Chicago, who have uncovered remains of several early structures and a great deal of pottery from as far back as the Middle Kingdom. Throughout its history Kharga seems to have been the place to where undesirable inhabitants of the Nile Valley were banished - the fierce summer heat, devastating winds and remote location making it an ideal place of exile and many records survive from the New Kingdom to illustrate this. There are also many historical accounts of expeditions sent to quell the rebellious inhabitants of the oasis.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just found another website:
http://www.aucegypt.edu/academic/northkhargaoasissurvey/pages/home.html

Quite an interesting site.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2005 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tHANKS Cool ANNEKE
.. Why do you suppose it is mentioned in Ausir legends?
What nome did it belong to during the New Kingdom?
Any mention of it or Dahklha during the AIII/ Amarna period or imm after?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2005 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're welcome Very Happy

I don't know why it would have been mentioned in the Ausir legends.
If I had to guess, then it may be because it seems to have been part of a desert route? It lies to the west, maybe mythical association with the underworld? I don't really know, but that's what came to mind Smile

I'm not sure either about the nome. Uast-rest lies west of uast (waset - Thebes) So maybe the 4th nome of lower egypt?
It's hard to tell from the maps with the nomes I have seen.
Which begs a question: Are these more outlying ares thought to be part of a nome? Or did they consider oases to be separate from the nomes? Or are they nomes in and of themselves?
They seem to have often had their own governors and such.

I haven't seen any mention of the Amarna period at Kharga.

I haven't looked for info about Dahkla. Dahkla was more of an agricultural site wasn't it? I noticed on a map that it lies north-west of Kharga.
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