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A classification of ‘sacred’ caches in ancient Egypt

Abstract : Although particularly spectacular, the caches of sacred artefacts discovered in Egyptian religious complexes, often discussed in the literature, have rarely been interrogated from a purely archaeological point of view. In this paper, we have tried to consider the context of discovery of the caches as a priority. Through this examination, we propose to identify among caches of sacred artefacts those that can really be characterised as ‘sacred’ (that is to say, having received a liturgical burial at the hands of the temple clergy), by establishing a classification according to common and objective criteria.
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Guillaume Charloux, Mona Ali Abady Mahmoud. A classification of ‘sacred’ caches in ancient Egypt. Aurélia Masson. Statues in Context. Production, Meaning and (Re)uses, Peeters, pp.183-196, 2019, 978-90-429-3807-6. ⟨halshs-02479292⟩



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