An Anonymous Coffin and Cartonnage from Lahun: Retrieving the Archaeological Records

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The publication of a coffin set, consisting of an anthropoid coffin and a cartonnage mummy-case, with a mummy, from Lahun. The coffin set, which was re-found in the basement of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo without inventory, represents the Northern provincial type of Middle Egypt and Fayum of the Third Intermediate to Late Periods. This study aims accordingly to retrieve its archaeological context by identifying its provincial type and date, putting the set and its archaeological records in context for the first time. In additional to a full publication, the article points out the importance of re-examining and republishing museum objects that were hastily published several decades ago. This comes in accordance with the approach of re-contextualizing the archaeological collections, and in particular, museum objects that have lost their original contexts and records.

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Rashed, M. G., (2017) “An Anonymous Coffin and Cartonnage from Lahun: Retrieving the Archaeological Records”, Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 15(1), p.18-32.

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Mohamed Gamal Rashed (Damietta University)

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