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SHUNET EL-ZEBIB

SHUNET EL-ZEBIB
Abydos, Egypt
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BACKGROUND

Shunet el-Zebib was built circa 2750 B.C. and served as a funerary cult enclosure of the Khasekhemwy, a second dynasty king. The structure is one of Egypt’s oldest standing royal monuments and one of the oldest preserved mud brick buildings in the world. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

With support provided by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, WMF and the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University worked on the conservation of Shunet el-Zebib. From September 2008 to August 2009, the focus of the project was the conservation and comprehensive stabilization of the mud brick enclosure at Khasekhemwy. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Shunet el-Zebib is the only surviving standing structure of a series of funerary complexes built in the area between 3000 and 2750 B.C. by the kings of the first and second dynasties, and is therefore the only example of this earliest tradition of royal monumental funerary construction that still exists. The structure is also important in the evolution of the pyramid. (...)