Friday, September 23, 2022


ISSN: 2571-9408 
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Special Issue "The Sands of Time—3000 Years of Human Activity at Saqqara, Egypt"

A special issue of Heritage (ISSN 2571-9408). This special issue belongs to the section "Archaeological Heritage".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022 | Viewed by 2583

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Lidija Mcknight E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
Interests: mummified animal remains; experimental mummification; ancient Egypt; Egyptology lends; animal mummies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The site of Saqqara, Egypt provides evidence for 3000 years of continuous funerary activity with human burials of all social groups, including royalty, the nobility and ordinary people. It is the site of the world’s oldest stone funerary complex—Djoser’s Step Pyramid. The site provides the unparalleled opportunity to chart human burial practices from the 1st Dynasty through to the advent of Christianity in Egypt. It is the home of the Serapeum, the burial catacomb of the cult Apis bulls, as well as the largest of Egypt’s known animal necropolis, where millions of animals were deposited as votive offerings. This Special Issue will investigate the site and its wealth of material culture.

Dr. Lidija Mcknight
Guest Editor

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Published Papers (4 papers)

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Long Live the Step Pyramid!
Heritage 2022, 5(3), 2615-2627; - 07 Sep 2022
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The paper discusses the role of the funerary complex built for Netjerykhet (Djoser) in the landscape of Memphis and Saqqara necropolis as a ritual, cultural and visual reference point. Additionally, an interpretation of its meaning and purpose, including the above- and underground structures [...] Read more.
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Sands of Time—3000 Years of Human Activity at Saqqara, Egypt)
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The Legacy of Prince Khaemwaset at Saqqara
Heritage 2022, 5(3), 2196-2209; - 12 Aug 2022
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Saqqara in particular, and the Memphite necropolis in general, constituted the arena for the prolific and significant monumental self-presentations of Prince Khaemwaset, fourth son of King Ramesses II (c. 1279–1213 BCE). The present paper explores the role of the prince in fashioning a [...] Read more.
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Sands of Time—3000 Years of Human Activity at Saqqara, Egypt)
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Living amongst the Dead: Life at the Ancient Memphite Necropolis of Saqqara during the Late Period/Early Ptolemaic Era
Heritage 2022, 5(3), 1462-1478; - 29 Jun 2022
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The Memphite Necropolis of Saqqara is situated approximately 20 km south of modern Cairo on a plateau at the edge of the western desert and was in use as a funerary site for a period of nearly three and a half millennia. Today, [...] Read more.
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Sands of Time—3000 Years of Human Activity at Saqqara, Egypt)
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Sacred Animals at Saqqara
Heritage 2022, 5(2), 1240-1252; - 02 Jun 2022
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Saqqara, the necropolis of the first capital city of a unified Egypt, is best known today for the Step Pyramid of Pharaoh Djoser (2667–2648 B.C.). However, the Step Pyramid is only the most visible feature of this great burial site, and the tombs [...] Read more.
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Sands of Time—3000 Years of Human Activity at Saqqara, Egypt)
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