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Philip Arrhidaeus
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2004 5:02 pm    Post subject: Tanis Reply with quote

How much (if any) of the structure of the royal necropolis in Tanis
was visible in antiquity?

I know the now visible tombs were originally underground. Although I
have very limited access to all the publication of P.Montet and
Ph.Brissaud, I have found nothing.

If there was a clearly visible superstructure related to the
underground tombs in antiquity, I wonder if the tombs, with their
rich content, would be safe during further troubled times. Even in
Medinet Habou scribes and priests stole valuables, so the protection
of being inside the temple of Amun would not help.
And in later times, when the temple of Tanis was abandoned, it seems
strange to me that the tombs were not robbed if a related building
was clearly visible? People lived there until the 6th century AD.

I am searching for archaeological evidence of a superstructure
related/typical of those tombs.
And more important then, an indication of how they looked like.

Any help or remark is very welcome.
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anneke
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2004 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you're right. The tombs must not have been clearly visible, and somehow people must have "forgotten" their location.
The only real website about excavations (recent) at Tanis that I could find in short order are at
this French website

My French is rather poor, but I noticed you are from Belgium so it shouldn't be a probelm for you Cool

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2004 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The site does mention that in the Delta erosion can be rather destructive. There are some photographs on the site you might find interesting.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2004 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't they find a cemetery at Tanis with only children and some grown up woman? I did read an article about such a cemetery which was found underneath a pylon or wall of a Temple (I believe it was Tanis) and the soil in which the bodies were buried was unshifted which meant that the area was occupied before it became a capital. (something like this I'l let you know if I find this article again).

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