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Burial Customs in Ancient Egypt: Life in Death for Rich and Poor (Duckworth Egyptology Series) Paperback – 1 Apr 2013

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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury 3PL; 2nd edition (1 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715632175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715632178
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 622,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Egyptologist, born 1950 in Berlin (Germany), now living in London, worked on excavations in Egypt (Saqqara) and Pakistan

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Wolfram Grajetzki is a researcher at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London, working on the project 'Digital Egypt for Universities'. He is the author of 'Two Treasurers of the Middle Kingdom' (British Archaeological Report S1007) Oxford 2001.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ciho Miron on 28 Oct. 2009
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Everybody will agree with the present writer, that is not an easy task to write a book about ancient Egyptian burial customs. To accomplish such a task you need a lot of information, experience, and a very serious training in Egyptology, and last but not least a clear mind to arrange the gathered material. Dr. Grajetzki possesses all these qualities enable him to write an outstanding book about the discussed topic. His book is far to be a simple "popular work", having an "ambitious" title which doesn't comply with the content of the book, as wrote an Egyptologist some years ago in her review. The "Burial Customs in Ancient Egypt: Life in Death for Rich and poor" was the first attempt to present in chronological order the main features of the burial customs during the whole history of the Ancient Egypt. The reader will find out almost everything about the subject, will be red with pleasure the text, and will understand easier the whole process of burial customs through the multitude of figures drawn in the volume. Pertinent notes, bibliography and a useful index complete Dr. Grajetzki's pioneer work about a subject some times ago considered without sense, or at least of minor interest.
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Very good book , in plain English ,informative and thought producing a source of knowledge
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By medieval1961 on 25 July 2014
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VERY USEFUL
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Great Summary of Egyptian Funerary Customs through Time 15 July 2012
By John O. Freed - Published on Amazon.com
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"Burial Customs in Ancient Egypt", by Wolfram Grajetzki, is a really good overview of Ancient Egyptian funerary customs from the Pre-dynastic Period through to the Roman era.

The author has taken one or more archaeological excavations from each period of Egyptian history and described the coffins, sarcophagi and other objects found in them in detail. Then the author points out how the material in these excavations is similar to or different from other burials of the time. Among the topics covered are:

1) Old Kingdom burials in the Giza mastabas
2) Regional differences in the burials of the First Intermediate Period
3) The Middle Kingdom tombs found at Dier el-Bersheh
4) The tomb of King Awibre Hor (Dynasty Thirteen)
5) Burials at Tell el-Daba (the Hyksos Period)
6) Tomb architecture and coffin development in Thebes during the New Kingdom
7) The royal burials at Tanis

The book's emphasis is on the burials of the nobility and the commoners, and does not spend as much time on royal burials as other books on this topic do. The result is a succinct and very informative view of how funeral customs changed over time in Egypt.

The book is a slim volume (only 161 pages) and is a bit pricy for its size, but is loaded with fascinating information and I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone interested in this topic.
Excellent resource 30 Nov. 2010
By klee - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book on this topic. Most Egyptian history books concentrate on the tombs of royals, but this book reveals information of funerary traditons of the majority of the ancient population- the lower classes. Very interesting to compare the burial customs of the wealthy versus the poor people of ancient Egypt. This book Burial Customs in Ancient Egypt: Life in Death for Rich and Poor (Duckworth Egyptology Series)was a very helpful resource for writing research papers.
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