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Description N 2636 (TC; MM) Map D3; photos C 7028, C 8456, C 8457. Copt. Shallow grave running east-west. Female aged approx. 25. On back, head west, arms by side. Quantity of long, straight, dark brown hair. Round neck, a string of glass beads of different colors and shapes together with a few of green stone and a small Dyn. 18 scarab [ed.: on TC: “a small scarab of glazed pottery with a figure of Re? (Dyn. 18–19)”]. On left arm, above elbow, an iron bracelet. By right hand, a small glass bottle (MFA 47.1686). Folded into a bandage and tied tightly round the waist, next to the skin, there was a plaid shawl (i) of dark brown, yellow, red, and green, about 80 x 70 cm in size, with triple selvage, all in red. Narrow, vertical lines of black were all double, all in the warp. 1/3 from either end, a line of alternate colors except the vertical black lines were in the woof. Ends left with fringe. The body was clothed in a single shirt (ii) made up of 2 pieces of cloth with a straight join at the waist. All upper part cut from 1 piece. Neck turned over and sewn. Sides and ends of sleeves corded. Bottom plain. The tapestry-woven decoration was of finer work than usual, the motifs of the designs being animal and human figures. Lines in black, background red (iii). Animals and figures in blue, green, and yellow wool. ? all inwoven. Or woof cut out, and wool sewn in. Rosettes on skirt (iv). Border of blue with plant decoration in yellow thread and green and red wool. Interior background red with yellow thread and blue and green wool decoration. Center circle blue with yellow thread decoration. Yellow thread was woof of original cloth. Other colors were worked in. Background in red thread (v). Patterns in green, blue, and yellow wool. All apparently worked on to warp. Sleeve sewn for 25 from bottom at any rate. At bottom of skirt, a strip of blue cloth with yellow thread decoration was sewn on. This was blue warp and woof. Yellow thread was added. The left arm was not in the sleeve, which was thrown back over the head. Over the face and head, there was a net veil or head shawl of mixed yellow linen and red and green wool. Covering this, there was a shawl of coarse cloth rolled up into a pad. On the body, there was a quantity of salt and mixed with the salt, there were a few plant seeds and a date pit. Under the body, there were 2 sticks of palm and 1 of sesban. The first wrapping shawl was of yellow cloth with a narrow fringe and 6 lines of white thread insertion at head end, probably also at feet end. This was merely laid on top of the body. It completely covered body, excess at head being rolled up over face, 75 wide. Outside it, there was a shawl of very coarse cloth with fringed ends and bands of tapestry-woven woolwork at either end that was wrapped right round the body in the usual way, i.e., sides thrown over first and then ends. The type of cording could not be ascertained, but apparently tied with the usual horizontal and vertical cords. [ed.: According to Hearst Museum records, 6-12507 (headrest) is from this burial.]
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Vanessa Davies. (2020) "Tomb 2636 from Africa/Egypt/Naga ed-Deir/Cemetery 2500". In The Phoebe A. Hearst Expedition to Naga ed-Deir, Cemeteries N 2000 and N 2500. Vanessa Davies (Ed). Released: 2020-12-04. Open Context. <> ARK (Archive):

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