Egypt 3

Egypt 3 - We havent excavated Egyptian era sites at...

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We haven’t excavated Egyptian era sites at Memphis, they are too buried under Greek and  Roman remains.  Most Egyptians were farmers and lived outside of cities. This is in contrast to Mesopotamia  where most of the population lived inside cities. In Egypt, centralization of population was geared towards mortuary functions such as the  building of pyramids. Communities formed around pharaoh’s mortuary temples. The First Intermediate period was caused by a collapse in central authority. Multiple pharaohs  fought for power until Pharaoh Mentuhotep re-united Egypt. This inaugurates the Middle  Kingdom. The Middle Kingdom is the first period for which we have many preserved texts.  The kings of the Middle Kingdom built mortuary complexes in Upper Egypt, but later moved the  capital from Memphis to a number of places in Lower Egypt. At Kahun, an entire town dedicated to the mortuary cult of Pharaoh Sesostris (Senuseret) has 
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2009 for the course CLAR 120 taught by Professor Haggis during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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