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Mahat chapel of Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II found in Abydos

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:07 pm    Post subject: Mahat chapel of Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II found in Abydos Reply with quote

Exclusive Full story: Mahat chapel of Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II discovered in Abydos by Egyptian archaeologists (Luxor Times, 01.07.2014)

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A "Mahat-Chapel" is probably the superstructure of a cenotaph (Günther Lapp : Die Stelenkapelle des kmz aus der 13. Dynastie. - In: MDAIK 50. - 1994. - pp. 231-252). A really interesting and important fund...

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the current issue of "ANCIENT EGYPT MAGAZINE" (85 - August / September 2014) is on page 11 a short report to the discovery...

Ayman Damarany : A Mahat Chapel of Nebhepetra Mentuhotep II at Abydos
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"Ayman Mohamed Damarany is one of the Ministry of State for Antiquities’ field archaeologists who discovered, in some unusual circumstances, a mahat [a ‘cenotaph’ or ‘memorial’] chapel of Nebhepetra Mentuhotep II, as he explains. ...

... The width of the chapel is about 2.6 metres; the length is not known yet but we expect it to be more than 6 metres, possibly much longer. Inside we found the pedestal of a statue made of alabaster (although very poor quality alabaster) and also a limestonesarcophagus, with a very nice ramhead end. Because the sarcophagus is so wet from the sewage tank’s water, we will have to wait for it to dry out before opening it to check on any burial inside.

It has been difficult working under these circumstances due to the collapsed buildings and damaged water tank, and there is a great deal of work to do restoring and protecting the walls and inscriptions and trying to uncover the rest of the chapel which runs under several other houses,
but we are hopeful that things will get better ..."

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hah! I bet the owner of the house is cursing his neighbour right now.

Will the house have to be demolished I wonder. Having a socking great hole underneath does not look good, but then this is Egypt so they might just put up a fence around the hole and carry on.
Interesting site though and it will be worth following to see how much more there is to be discovered. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An interesting article, now online ...

Josef Wegner : A New Temple - The mahat of Nebhepetre at Abydos. - In: Egyptian Archaeology 46. - 2015. - pp. 3 - 7.

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