City of the Dead

Katja Lembke

in The Oxford Handbook of Roman Egypt

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199571451
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

City of the Dead

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This article begins with an overview of the history of excavations and exploration at Tuna el-Gebel. It then discusses the site of Tuna el-Gebel; the necropolis of Tuna el-Gebel before Roman rule; the development of the urban structure in the early Roman period; the tombs of the second and third centuries ce; the development of the decoration from Ptolemaic to Roman times; and burial ceremonies and visitors at the tomb.

Keywords: excavations; necropolis; Roman rule; urban structure; tombs; decoration; burial ceremonies

Article.  6884 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology of the Near East ; Egyptian Archaeology

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