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Area Name Soccer Field West House 1
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The area to the west of the Abu el-Hol Soccer Field was occupied by a number of larger house complexes.29 Detailed investigation of one of the identified house complexes (to date there are three) which appear to have been occupied by officials or scribes. House Unit 1 (SFWH1) seems to have been home to a scribal workshop. It contains a series of rooms; some apparently used for official business, some spaces were used for food preparation (including a baking room), and some rooms for sleeping.30 The remains of the wall decoration and the material culture all indicate that the people living here were of far higher rank than the people in the galleries. Perhaps one of the most important features of this area was the so-called Pottery Mound (SFWPM),31 which lay to the south of House Unit 1 (and to the east of the AA-S complex). Pottery Mound was indeed a huge mound of pottery (primarily the so-called "beer" jars), as well as a large quantity of animal bones32 and an extraordinary amount of clay sealing impressions.33 Many of these impressions indicate the presence of a high official—a head scribe, probably a man named Seshemnefer. The royal names on the clay sealings from the area include Khafre and Menkaure.

29W. Wetterstrom, 'Season 2004: A New Neighbourhood', AERAgram, 7.2 (2004), 1–3.

30Kawae in Lehner, Kamel, and Tavares, Giza Plateau Mapping Project Seasons 2006-2007 Preliminary Report, pp. 88–91; Sadaranghani and Kawae in Lehner, Giza Plateau Mapping Project Season 2009 Preliminary Report, pp. 135–45.

31Lehner, Kamel, and Tavares, Giza Plateau Mapping Project Season 2005 Preliminary Report, pp. 69–73.

32R. Redding, '"Treasures" from a High-Class Dump', AERAgram, 8.2 (2007), 6–7.

33J. Nolan and A. Pavlick, 'Impressions of the Past: Seals and Sealings from Pottery Mound', AERAgram, 9.1 (2008), 2–4.

Suggested Citation

Claire Malleson, Rebekah Miracle. (2018) "SFWH1 from Africa/Egypt/Giza/Heit el-Ghurab". In Giza Botanical Database. Claire Malleson, Rebekah Miracle (Ed). Released: 2018-10-22. Open Context. <> ARK (Archive):

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