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Special Delivery to Wah-sut: An Eighteenth Dynasty Ostracon’s Inventory of Precious Materials

Shelby Justl


The following publication analyzes Ostracon SA. 2708 discovered during 2001 University of Pennsylvania Museum excavations in the ancient South Abydos town, Wah-sut. The ostracon enumerates a local delivery of unworked precious and semiprecious materials including gold, lapis lazuli, and jasper during the Eighteenth Dynasty. The ostracon provides a glimpse into the development and continued occupation of Wah-sut from the late Middle Kingdom into the New Kingdom and reveals evidence of deliveries of semiprecious stones in South Abydos not otherwise represented in the archaeological record.



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