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Reuniting Philology and Archaeology: The "emic" and "etic" in the Letter of the Dead Qau Bowl UC16163 and its Context

Miniaci, G; (2016) Reuniting Philology and Archaeology: The "emic" and "etic" in the Letter of the Dead Qau Bowl UC16163 and its Context. Zeitschrift fur Agyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde , 143 (1) pp. 88-105. 10.1515/zaes-2016-0007. Green open access

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Abstract

The present article aims to combine an accurate philological analysis of the letter to the dead UC16163 and its archaeological context. The letter is a double document containing two letters addressed by Shepsi to both his dead parents (Iinkhenmut and Iy). In fact, the letter was found in an undisturbed tomb, no. 7695, in the necropolis of Qau, where only a single male deceased lay in the funerary chamber, with no evidence/traces of any further interment or later disturbance. According to the text of the letter, one would expect two internments inside the tomb, Shepsi's father and mother. The discrepancy between the content of the letter and the archaeological evidence is remarkable. However, the new philological reading here proposed sheds new light on the role of Shepsi's brother, Sobekhotep, switching his role from the dangerous, as previously interpreted, to simply negligent dead. Sobekhotep is the prime element in both texts and he is the last person to have died in Shepsi's family, as in many points evident in the two letters. The particular emphasis of the episode of the funeral/burial of Sobekhotep reveals that Shepsi is addressing directly to his brother. The new interpretation of the text seems to support the idea that the deceased found together with the bowl in Qau tomb 7695 is Sobekhotep himself.

Type: Article
Title: Reuniting Philology and Archaeology: The "emic" and "etic" in the Letter of the Dead Qau Bowl UC16163 and its Context
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1515/zaes-2016-0007
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/zaes-2016-0007
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10122446
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