Profane Landscapes, Sacred Spaces - Miroslav Bárta

Profane Landscapes, Sacred Spaces - Miroslav Bárta

Lake Khufu: On the Waterfront at Giza - Modelling Water Transport Infrastructure at Fourth Dynasty Giza

Profane Landscapes, Sacred Spaces - Miroslav Bárta

Mark Lehner [+-]
University of Chicago
Mark Lehner is Director and President of Ancient Egypt Research Associates, Inc. (AERA), an American nonprofit organization, an NGO registered with the Egyptian government as AERA-Egypt. He is now a Research Associate at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Lehner has carried out archaeological research in Egypt for over forty years. He mapped and excavated at the Great Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza. AERA sponsors the Giza Plateau Mapping Project (GPMP), which conducts annual excavations of Old Kingdom settlements in Giza. His research interests include from settlement archaeology, archaeological method and interpretation, ancient architecture, quarrying and construction, ancient irrigation and water transport infrastructure, ancient society and economy and complexity studies applied to the social sciences.

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This chapter summarizes architectural and geomorphological evidence of interventions into the floodplain, perhaps as dramatic hydrologically in the low floodplain as are the pyramids architecturally on the high plateau. This infrastructure would fill the requirements of 4th Dynasty Giza as a major international Nile port, a status hinted by analysis of the material culture from settlements along the low southeastern base of the Giza Plateau, showing imported Levantine pottery 7 (combed ware) and wood (cedar, oak, pine, and olive), by the historical context of Old Kingdom Egypt and the "Byblos Run," by comparison with proven Middle and Old Kingdom ports recently discovered on the Red Sea," and by the sheer requirement for importing massive quantities of granite and Turah-limestome for building the Giza pyramid complexes.

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Lehner, Mark. Lake Khufu: On the Waterfront at Giza - Modelling Water Transport Infrastructure at Fourth Dynasty Giza. Profane Landscapes, Sacred Spaces. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Mar 2020. ISBN 9781781794098. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=29191. Date accessed: 28 Jan 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.29191. Mar 2020

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