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lecture 31 - Lecture Notes Egypt Narmer Heirakonopolis...

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Lecture Notes: 10-31-06 Egypt Narmer Heirakonopolis Burial chamber of Narmer Cartouche: sealing of Narmer Dynasty 0- place of expansionism and origin of writing Obsession of death, graves, burials Predynastic Period: contemporaneous with Uruk Gerzean Period, ca 3500 BC Pottery already containing glyphs All pictographs different Glyphs and territorial meaning The Narmer Pallete- a narrative of the conquest of Egypt White crown & red crown: pharaoh-nic crown Egyptian writing + Homophonic structure Egypt- begins as conquest empire and seldom falls apart into city-states (only 3 times, first of which is 2100 BC) Not like Mesopotamian states Predynastic tags with glyps from Abydos, ca 3400 BC Narmer means scorpion: red crown with crown means Pharoah’s crown There is no real evidence for Mesopotamian/Egyptian connections So little knowledge of the other texts However, just because we don’t have archaeological evidence does not mean that it is not true
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