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The Shunet El-Zebib At Abydos: Architectural Conservation At One Of Egypt's Oldest Preserved Royal Monuments

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The monument at Abydos known today as the Shunet el-Zebib was built as the funerary cult enclosure of King Khasekhemwy at the end of the 2nd Dynasty. The enclosure is the focus of a large-scale program, directed by the authors and sponsored by the Institute of Fine Arts, of architectural conservation and archaeological investigation, aimed at preserving this uniquely significant ancient royal monument, and at defining fully both its original function and changing use over time. Khasekhemwy's enclosure was the largest, the most elaborate, and the last example of a long tradition of similar royal constructions in north Abydos. After standing nearly 5,000 years exposed to the elements and suffering extensive damage from human, animal, and insect activity, by the end of the last century Khasekhemwy's great Abydos enclosure could be seen to be in a precarious state.

Keywords: Abydos; architectural conservation; Khasekhemwy; Shunet El-zebib



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