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By I. E. S. Edwards, C. J. Gadd, N. G. L. Hammond

Half II of quantity I offers with the heritage of the close to East from approximately 3000 to 1750 B.C. In Egypt, a protracted interval of political unification and balance enabled the kings of the previous country to improve and make the most typical assets, to mobilize either the manpower and the technical ability to construct the pyramids, and to inspire sculptors within the construction of works of superlative caliber. After a interval of anarchy and civil struggle on the finish of the 6th Dynasty the neighborhood rulers of Thebes verified the so-called center nation, restoring an age of political calm during which the humanities may back flourish. In Western Asia, Babylonia used to be the most centre and resource of civilisation, and her ethical, although no longer regularly her army, hegemony used to be well-known and authorised via the encompassing nations of Anatolia, Syria, Palestine, Assyria and Elam. The heritage of the quarter is traced from the past due Uruk and Jamdat Nasr sessions as much as the increase of Hammurabi, the main major advancements being the discovery of writing within the Uruk interval, the emergence of the Semites as a political issue lower than Sargon, and the luck of the centralized paperwork below the 3rd Dynasty of Ur.

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Since no objects were found bearing the names of either Narmer or Semerkhet, three only of the eight First Dynasty kings remain as claimants for the seven outstanding tombs: Djer, Den and Qaa. 2 Neither criterion can be regarded as a safe guide because what has survived of the equipment is mainly the result of chance, and determination by size would entail taking into account large mastabas elsewhere, particularly at Naqada, Tarkhan, Giza and Abu Rawash. It is indeed not impossible that the famous mastaba at Naqada found by De Morgan in 18973 was the real tomb of Narmer, although both Queen Neithhotpe and an official whose name is written with three birds, probably ostriches, have undeniable claims to be considered as its owner.

8 G, 25, pi. 6. 2 Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 8 THE EARLY DYNASTIC PERIOD IN EGYPT 32° 29° 29° 28° 28° 27° -27° 0 10 20 i i 20 30 40 50 Miles I Akhmlm 40 32° Map 3. Middle Egypt. 3 If they represented Scorpion himself, it might have been expected that his name would be distinguished in some way and not merely included among his titles; moreover, there is no other evidence to suggest that Scorpion ever succeeded in reaching the north-western Delta. It seems rather more likely, therefore, that deities were intended and that they symbolized the falcon-king of Hierakonpolis—supposedly Narmer—and the leaders of those nomes which assisted him in his campaign against the North.

53; §111, 2, vol. in, 10, 13, pi. 2;§vm, 24, 38-41. §111, 2, vol. in, pi. 27. Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 20 THE EARLY DYNASTIC PERIOD IN EGYPT matic, feature was the single subsidiary grave situated between the mastaba and the eastern enclosure wall. 1 So high an official, it may reasonably be supposed, would hardly have been buried in such a relatively simple grave if the owner of the principal tomb were not the king himself. Excavations at Saqqara have not yet revealed tombs for Peribsen and Khasekhemwy, the two Second Dynasty kings represented in the Abydos cemetery.

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