Between a Tomb and a Hard Place: Tomb Inscriptions as a Source of Historical Information

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Violaine Chauvet

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The present paper discusses some methodological problems associated with the use of “tomb inscriptions” as a source of information for the study of the socioeconomic history of the Old Kingdom. The discussion is directly linked to the study of the dynamic of private-tomb construction, and relates to the analysis of the textual material, which mentions the commissioning of the monuments or part thereof (who did what for whom).

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