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The Sacred Animal Necropolis at North Saqqara: The Cults and Their Catacombs

Paul T. Nicholson

in Divine Creatures

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9789774248580
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781936190010 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774248580.003.0003
The Sacred Animal Necropolis at North Saqqara: The Cults and Their Catacombs

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North Saqqara is, for many reasons, a special place. It was special to the ancient Egyptians as the necropolis in which some of the most important figures in Egyptian history were buried, ranging from officials and kings of the Early Dynastic and Old Kingdom to high officials of the Amarna Period and beyond. The Sacred Animal Necropolis at Saqqara is also special. North Saqqara is, however, important for another reason. It is the location of the first pyramid, that of King Djoser of the Third Dynasty (2649–2575 bc), but still more importantly, from the viewpoint of this chapter, it is the location of the burial place of the pyramid's architect, Imhotep. Although his tomb remains undiscovered, the search for it is intimately bound up with the discovery and study of parts of the Sacred Animal Necropolis.

Keywords: North Saqqara; Egyptians; necropolis; Amarna Period; Imhotep

Chapter.  8972 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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