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Phoenician and Aramaic Inscriptions from Abusir

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The presence of foreign elements within the site of Abusir is uniquely documented by inscriptions written in Aramaic and Phoenician, as well as in the Carian language. Several such inscriptions have already been discovered during excavations of the German Oriental Society between 1902 and 1908 and led by Ludwig Borchardt. Two further Aramaic inscriptions, these in the form of ostraca written in ink, were uncovered by Borchardt's mission in the mortuary temple of King Sahure. The content of both inscriptions is identical, despite the fact that the second inscription is only partially preserved. At present, three Phoenician and two further Aramaic inscriptions originating from the site of Abusir are known to the authors.

Keywords:Abusir; Aramaic Inscriptions; Phoenician inscription; Carian language



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