> Understood; my question is how can we be so sure
> that "Khufu" specifically is referring to a single
> person, even when associated with the work crew?
> Why would it not be possible to consider the name
> in the cartouche to be referring to something
> other than a living human, such that the aprw
> refers to the work crew consigned by, e.g., the
> "Department of Defense" or "Ministry of Afterlife"
> to build that structure? I'm trying to understand
> how we know those names refer to humans and not
> other entities.
Stele of Sneferu from the Bent pyrmaid:
Which government department might this represent?
Here we have several governmental departments otherwise known as Pepi I, Menkaure, Khufu, and Khafre on one relief: (6th Dynasty Mastaba of Qar):
Another with multiple cartouches of Khufu Electric Co.(mastaba on the South East corner of the Eastern Mastaba field):
Here we have the rock cut 4th Dynasty tomb of Debhen:
Paraphrasing and commentary of the text:
In the tomb of Debhen an inscription was found describing the kindness of Menkaure. When Debhen came to visit the king's pyramid, he asked the king for permission to build his tomb near the pyramid. The king agreed and even ordered that stones from the royal quarry in Tura should be used in building his tomb. The text also mentions that the king stood on the road by the Hr pyramid inspecting the other pyramid. The name "Hr" was also found written in the tomb of Urkhuu at Giza, who was the keeper of a place belonging to the Hr pyramid. It is not clear what the Hr pyramid is. Is it a name of a subsidiary pyramid, or the name of the plateau?
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02-Jul-16 22:56 by Thanos5150.