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New Egypt, 3, In the shadow of the pyramids :: In the shadow of the pyramids

Object description

During the Old Kingdom, increasingly more resources were spent on the royal tombs. What was once a simple superstructure of sand became large pyramids of stone on top of the tombs. Every king would have at least one pyramid. Some of them had several. More than one hundred pyramids have been found in Egypt.

Building a pyramid was a huge project that involved a workforce of thousands. A large number of scribes were needed for drawing up and maintaining lists of wages, materials and supplies. Accordingly, the pyramids contributed to the development of society and writing.

In ancient Egypt, all power was given to the kings who ruled the country from the capital of Memphis. Relatives or friends of the king were appointed to the highest positions. In return for their loyal service, the king would give them a fine tomb, often in close proximity of his own pyramid.

The objects on display in this room come from such tombs.

Exhibition, Part of
New Egypt, 3, In the shadow of the pyramids
Alternative Name
New Egypt Room 3A OK The Pyramids
Title, Swedish
I pyramidernas skugga
Old numbers
1285
Title
In the shadow of the pyramids
Description, Swedish

Under Gamla riket lades allt mer resurser på de kungliga gravarna. Det som först hade varit en enkel överbyggnad av sand utvecklades till stora pyramider av sten ovanpå gravkammaren. Varje kung hade åtminstone en pyramid. Några hade flera. Man har hittat sammanlagt över hundra pyramider i Egypten.

Ett pyramidbygge var ett enormt projekt som involverade tusentals anställda. Det behövdes många skrivare som gjorde upp listor över löner, material och leveranser. Pyramiderna bidrog på så sätt till att bygga upp hela samhället och utveckla skriften.

Vid den här tiden var makten koncentrerad till kungen, som styrde landet från huvudstaden Memfis. De högsta tjänsterna innehades av släktingar eller vänner till kungen. Som tack för trogen tjänst fick de fina gravar, ofta i närheten av hans pyramid.

Föremålen i detta rum kommer från sådana tjänstemannagravar.

Description

During the Old Kingdom, increasingly more resources were spent on the royal tombs. What was once a simple superstructure of sand became large pyramids of stone on top of the tombs. Every king would have at least one pyramid. Some of them had several. More than one hundred pyramids have been found in Egypt.

Building a pyramid was a huge project that involved a workforce of thousands. A large number of scribes were needed for drawing up and maintaining lists of wages, materials and supplies. Accordingly, the pyramids contributed to the development of society and writing.

In ancient Egypt, all power was given to the kings who ruled the country from the capital of Memphis. Relatives or friends of the king were appointed to the highest positions. In return for their loyal service, the king would give them a fine tomb, often in close proximity of his own pyramid.

The objects on display in this room come from such tombs.

Egypt, Number in Exhibition
3
Belongs to Exhibition
Egypten, 2014-
Description

The history of Egypt is long, from the first settlements in the Nile Valley around 7000 years ago to the present day. Egypt was for a long period of time ruled by autocratic kings – the pharaohs. At other times, it was part

of larger empires such as the Persian, Roman and Ottoman.

The pharaonic culture was characterised by high conservatism.

Things were – and should be – as they always had been.

Old traditions and ways of thinking lived on, long after the last pharaohs.

They were present in the customs and traditions of the Middle Ages and are present in Egypt today.

Welcome on a walk through the history of Egypt!

Time - Start
2013