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watz an inscribed tomb???

 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2005 9:16 pm    Post subject: watz an inscribed tomb??? Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2005 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quite literally a tomb where the walls (or columns etc) bear inscriptions. Sometimes the tomb was decorated with painted scenes, sometimes they were decorated with reliefs (i.e. carvings).

There are several examples of uninscribed tombs. Here the walls are blank. This often makes it harder to identifiy who was buried in the tomb. You would basically have to hope to find some object in the tomb (like a statue or something like that) that has the name of the occupant of the tomb on it.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 3:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uninscribed tombs are extremely common. They don't make it into the periodicals and other literature very often because they aren't all that interesting, comparatively speaking. The most common type of tomb in this category is the ubiquitous shaft tomb. Poor people simply couldn't afford to have many (if any) inscriptions carved into their tombs. Frequently, by the time these tombs are found, any inscriptional evidence (e.g., coffins, statuettes, viscera packages) are long gone or crumbled to dust, having never been well made or well preserved...or having been stolen.

I've read that local magistrates and other regional governmental officials were known to have shaft tombs dug so they could be sold to the local population, much as modern cemetery plots are prepared.
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