Synopses & Reviews
This volume contains a description of the architecture and inscriptional content of the royal tomb, a catalogue of all artifacts, translation and commentary on inscriptions, publication and analysis of pottery, a bio-anthropological report on the human remains, a paleobotanical report, an elemental analysis of pottery fabrics and an historical analysis.
This volume constitutes the final report on the excavations at the royal necropolis of the city of Mendes, which occupied 5 summer seasons from 1991 to 1995. The burial of king Neferites I, founder of Dynasty 29 (399-393 B.C.) is described along with other burials, the city walls, the shrine of the fish-goddess and sundry inscriptions. The pottery recovered is treated in extenso, and sheds a flood of light on Mendes' trade relations in the 5th-4th Cent. B.C. with Phoenicia and the Greek islands. Of particular interest is the startling new discovery of a massive destruction layer which can be pinpointed to around 343 B.C. This clearly reflects the reprisals taken by the conquering Persians after they had re-occupied Egypt.