NE 6. Excavations Between Abu Simbel and the Sudan Frontier, Part 6: New Kingdom Remains from Cemeteries R, V, S, and W at Qustul and Cemetery K at Adindan, by Bruce Beyer Williams, with a contribution by William J. Murnane

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During the New Kingdom Nubia was more closely tied to Egypt than in any other period of its history. For much of that time, Nubia was quite prosperous and that prosperity was reflected in Egyptian-influenced burials. The Nubian Expedition found many burials of this period. From the end of the Second Intermediate Period to the end of the fifteenth century B.C. the tombs contained groups of pottery and small objects that could be compared with similar groups found in Egypt to produce an improved chronology for the region. The variety and quality of pottery and objects deposited in these burials declined rapidly in the Amarna period but still yielded evidence of a substantial occupation in the late New Kingdom. Some of the objects featured in this publication are coffins with Egyptian names, a wide variety of stone vessels including some of special quality, cosmetic equipment, and scarabs. The objects found in tomb V48 are the most interesting and include the coffin of the Lady Senisenbu, stone vessels, a nested set of metal bowls, and a mirror with a handle in the form of a nude goddess. The mirror is the finest example of its type, having been called by UNESCO Courier the most graceful object to come out of Nubia. It is also the only mirror of this type from a well-defined archaeological group, dated to the years immediately preceding the Amama period. The volume includes a chapter by William Murnane on the inscribed stone fragments, notably a red sandstone stela of one Sa-Ibshek.

  • Nubian Expedition 6
  • Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 1992
  • ISBN: 978-0-91-898686-3
  • Pp. xxxv + 479; 206 figures, 53 plates, 24 tables
  • Clothbound 9 x 11.75 in / 23 x 30 cm
  • $75.00