Watercraft: The Earliest Temples in Egypt

Author(s): Lauren Lippiello

Year: 2018


Shared iconography and similar functionality associated with dated depictions of Predynastic watercraft and terrestrial shrines identify watercraft as the earliest manifestation of manufactured sacred space in Egypt. The resulting Mobile Sacred Space Paradigm describes watercraft as ritual objects (liminal negotiators) empowered to move through and, thereby, connect three ecologically distinctive landscapes as early as the Naqada IIB Period (and possibly Naqada IC). Results indicate that specific watercraft and their associated paraphernalia represent the earliest temple as the mound of creation, 3250 BCE, a window into the politico-religious foundations of the Egyptian State. The environmental flexibility as well as diachronic endurance of core religious values associated with watercraft suggest strong ideological continuity from the Predynastic through Dynastic Periods.

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Watercraft: The Earliest Temples in Egypt. Lauren Lippiello. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 443453)

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min long: 24.961; min lat: 22.065 ; max long: 35.332; max lat: 31.616 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 22511