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Thanos5150 Wrote:
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> The Mesopotamian palace facade motif was not
> limited to the serekh, but was part and parcel of
> many AE structures as can be seen throughout early
> Dynastic history up until the 3rd Dynasty which
> beyond this period falls out of vogue for unknown
> reasons as the favored stylistic construction
> meme. After this time, it becomes relegated almost
> exclusively to the interiors of tombs as a
> symbolic homage of reliefs and/or paintings.

I have recently come across the unique Abu Bakr cemetery located at the far west of the G1 West field cemetery. If you look HERE it is located at the top right with the North line pointing right at the two major mastabas of this complex, Lepsius 19 and 20-21. The site was first excavated by Lepsius then later in the 1950's by Professor Abu Bakr though his work was never published. From 2000-2006 a salvage excavation was undertaken and the site was remapped and cataloged.

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The present volume reflects the work of the joint expedition of Cairo University and Brown University to record and publish the tombs uncovered on behalf of Cairo University by Prof. Abdel-Moneim Abu Bakr from 1949 through 1953, but never published. The loss of field records and lack of a map of the site meant that new, salvage excavation had to be undertaken. A total of six seasons, from 2000-2006 resulted in the clearing, remapping, and recording of the monuments in the cemetery. Abu Bakr Cemetery is of particular interest because the majority of mastaba tombs belong to relatively low-ranking individuals. Thus they have the potential to she light on the social status of Egypt's working classes.

While the site initially appears to be dated largely to the 5th-6th Dynasties, it was of particular interest to me to find this old photo showing a substantial palace facade style enclosure wall of the complex:



Compare to today:


I do not have enough information about the site to make any judgement as to any potential for earlier dating, there may well be none, but I find it unusual that of all the OK funerary complexes and clusters at Giza and elsewhere that this lone peripheral cemetery of low level officials would have such an otherwise unique to the period palace facade wall. Given the ubiquitous 4th Dynasty and later OK reverence of the palace facade serekh building motif I would expect such walls to be the norm but they are not which makes me wonder if the foundations of this cemetery predate the 4th Dynasty or that the inhabitants of this cemetery had some special reason to border their complex in this way.

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Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 7994 Thanos5150 01-Aug-15 02:50
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 1022 Notinham 01-Aug-15 14:23
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 1171 Graham Chase 02-Aug-15 19:59
Re: Ubaid onward 1066 Thunderbird 01-Aug-15 20:40
Re: Ubaid onward 1220 Thanos5150 02-Aug-15 04:37
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Re: Vinca/Copper/Caucuses 946 Thunderbird 02-Aug-15 20:06
Re: Vinca/Copper/Caucuses 1006 Thanos5150 03-Aug-15 16:12
Re: Vinca/Copper/Caucuses 1016 Thunderbird 03-Aug-15 19:51
Re: Vinca/Copper/Caucuses 1083 Thanos5150 03-Aug-15 22:14
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 764 Manu 19-Nov-16 17:53
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 873 Thanos5150 19-Nov-16 18:35
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 940 Thanos5150 20-Nov-16 05:55
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 943 Manu 20-Nov-16 07:45
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 941 Thanos5150 20-Nov-16 22:27
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 833 Manu 21-Nov-16 00:06
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 915 Thanos5150 21-Nov-16 02:28
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Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 1233 Thanos5150 22-Nov-16 18:49
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Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 719 Thanos5150 23-Nov-16 22:59
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 835 Manu 22-Nov-16 19:28
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 854 DScribr 23-Nov-16 02:24
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 760 Manu 22-Nov-16 19:40
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 770 Thanos5150 22-Nov-16 21:21
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 826 Manu 22-Nov-16 22:49
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 994 Thanos5150 23-Nov-16 02:31
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Re: Mesopotamia link to Optics 389 Thanos5150 15-May-19 19:40
Re: Mesopotamia link to Optics 387 engbren 16-May-19 07:52
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 754 DScribr 23-Nov-16 02:17
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 928 Thanos5150 23-Nov-16 03:49
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 785 DScribr 23-Nov-16 14:52
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Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 814 DScribr 23-Nov-16 02:04
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 843 Thanos5150 23-Nov-16 04:29
Re: Mesopotamian Origins of Writing 726 DScribr 23-Nov-16 15:08
Re: Mesopotamian Origins of Writing 882 Thanos5150 24-Nov-16 05:32
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Re: Mesopotamian Origins of Writing 814 Thanos5150 25-Nov-16 21:17
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Re: Mesopotamian Origins of Writing 753 SandyJesse 14-Dec-16 00:24
Re: Mesopotamian Origins of Writing 948 Thanos5150 15-Dec-16 18:16
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 658 Thanos5150 20-Mar-19 06:30
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 391 engbren 20-Mar-19 08:53
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 431 Corpuscles 20-Mar-19 11:55
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 405 Thanos5150 22-Mar-19 03:22
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 411 jamesglory 22-Mar-19 03:47
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 584 Thanos5150 22-Mar-19 05:27
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 441 jamesglory 25-Mar-19 01:34
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Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 389 Dr. Troglodyte 25-Mar-19 20:18
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 427 Thanos5150 25-Mar-19 20:35
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 461 Thanos5150 26-Mar-19 01:58
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 236 Thanos5150 21-Feb-20 16:12
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Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 247 Manu 21-Feb-20 19:29
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 255 waggy 21-Feb-20 21:16
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 298 Thanos5150 22-Feb-20 02:58
Re: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building 166 Thanos5150 10-Nov-20 23:40
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