Ancient Egypt : An Archeologist 's Dream

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Studying ancient Egypt may well be an archeologist’s dream. Among the most popular ancient civilizations in the world is the Egyptian culture. Ancient Egyptian was the most prominent culture in Northern Africa and the Mediterranean region for almost three millenniums of its existence until the eventual defeat by Alexander the Great. It is perhaps the most studied ancient civilization and this fascination by researchers and archeologists have actually earned it a field of its own – Egyptology. Primary sources of the history of ancient Egypt and particularly the pharaonic era are the artifacts, hieroglyphics, monuments and sculptures and drawings that have been recovered during archeological expeditions. The final resting places of the pharaohs have by far given much evidence of the life of ancient Egyptian and the esteem that his subjects accorded the pharaoh. Much of what is known about the pharaohs and their life has been found in the tombs and especially the pyramids. These tombs held a significant position in ancient Egypt since the Pharaoh was the most prominent figure in the kingdom. They were not only symbolic of the post of the authority of the king and his relationship with the gods, but also an architectural miracle. The funerary tombs also had other functions apart from being the burial place of the kings. The kings commissioned them and in most instances dedicated them to the gods. The evidence from these tombs has shown that the tombs were also prepared to

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