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From Umm al Qab to Biban al Muluk: The orientation of Royal Tombs in Ancient Egypt

AuthorsBelmonte, Juan Antonio; González-García, A. César ; Shaltout, Mosalam; Fekri, Magdi; Miranda, Noemi
Umm al Qab
Valley of the Kings
Institute of Heritage Sciences
Instiuto de Ciencias del Patrimonio
Issue Date2008
PublisherKlaipeda University Press
CitationEn Archaeologia Baltica, 10: 266-233 (2008)
Abstract[EN]This paper presents a preliminary approach to the problem of royal tomb orientation in ancient Egypt from the early dynastic mausoleums at the necropolis of Umm al Qab to the impressive subterranean chambers of the tombs at the Valley of the Kings (Biban al Muluk). This clearly shows that the correct orientation of the monuments, from the earlier mastabas to the later hypogea, was mandatory and that the sky plays a key role in understanding ancient Egyptian funerary monuments.
DescriptionThe volumen title is ASTRONOMY AND COSMOLOGY IN FOLK TRADITIONS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE Edited by Jonas Vaigkunas. Archaeologia Baltica volume 10 was prepared by Klaipėda University Institute of Baltic Sea Region History and Archaeology and Museum of Molėtai district. Published with a grant from the Ministry of Education and Science of The Republic of Lithuania.
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