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List of Illustrations Preface Introduction Abbreviations and Conventions Maps 1. The Purpose and Context of the Egyptian Tomb and the Need for It to Be Secure 2. Securing the Early Tomb: Prehistory to the End of the Predynastic Period 3. Defending the Pit Tomb: From Egypt's Unification to the Mid First Dynasty 4. Portals, Passages, and Portcullises: The Second Half of the First Dynasty 5. Subterranean Sepulchers: New Security Developments in the Second Dynasty 6. A Parting of the Ways: Step Pyramids and Mastabas in the Third Dynasty 7. Pyramids and Plug-Stones: Security Innovations in the Early Fourth Dynasty 8. Conclusion Chronology Notes Bibliography Index

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A unique study of the evolution of architectural techniques to prevent tomb robbery in ancient Egypt

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Reg Clark initially trained as a graphic designer at the West Surrey College of Art and Design before studying Egyptian Archaeology at Swansea University, where he received his BA in 2008, and his PhD in 2014.


The author has assembled an impressive collection of material which reveals the incredible ingenuity and planning which the builders employed ... [This] will fascinate anyone interested in the thought processes of both those responsible for constructing early tombs. * Ancient Egypt *

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