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Narrative of a ritual landscape
Paul T. Nicholson

This paper attempts to give a narrative overview of how North Saqqara might have looked and functioned at the time the Sacred Animal Cults were at their height. It will attempt to look at the monuments within their landscape and consider where the sacred animals, buried in great numbers, came from, how they were processed and by whom. The paper reviews what an observer might have seen at North Saqqara during the Late Period/Ptolemaic periods from the Late Period (747-332 BC) into Ptolemaic times (332-30 BC). Today the landscape of North Saqqara is a sandy plateau, dominated by the Step Pyramid, and pock-marked by numerous tomb shafts from many different periods. Amongst and around these are the remains of other structures – tombs, temples, processional ways and the like. It is clear to the archaeologist, but not to the casual visitor, that North Saqqara was once a very different place to the quiet and desolate plateau it now is. The term ‘narrative archaeology’ is used in a variety of ways, all share in common the desire to arrange facts about a place or period into meaningful statements which help to explain the events or place which they describe. This sometimes serves to provide an accessible view of their subject and provide a valuable ‘snapshot’ of their thinking at a given moment in time. Rosalie David has a distinguished record in making her subject accessible and it is hoped that this paper will be of interest to her.

in Mummies, magic and medicine in ancient Egypt
Multidisciplinary essays for Rosalie David

Combining approaches to ancient Egyptian religious expression, medical practice and the modern scientific study of human and material remains from Egypt and Sudan, this volume celebrates the multidisciplinary career of Prof Rosalie David OBE. The UK’s first female Professor in Egyptology, Rosalie David’s pioneering work at the University of Manchester on Egyptian mummies, magic and medicine has attracted international attention.

This volume presents research by a number of leading experts in their fields: recent archaeological fieldwork, new research on Egyptian human remains and unpublished museum objects along with reassessments of ancient Egyptian texts concerned with healing and the study of technology through experimental archaeology. Papers try to answer some of Egyptology’s biggest questions - How did Tutankhamun die? How were the Pyramids built? How were mummies made? – along with less well-known puzzles.

Rather than address these areas separately, the volume adopts the so-called ‘Manchester method’ instigated by Rosalie David and attempts to integrate perspectives from both traditional Egyptology and scientific analytical techniques. Much of this research has never appeared in print before, particularly that resulting from the Manchester Egyptian Mummy Project, set up in the 1970s. The resulting overview illustrates how Egyptology has developed over the last 40 years, and how many of the same big questions still remain.

This book will be of use to researchers and students of archaeology or related disciplines with an interest in multidisciplinary approaches to understanding life and death in ancient Egypt and Sudan.