Controlled Damage: The Mechanics and Micro-History of the Damnatio Memoriae Carried Out in KV-23, the Tomb of Ay

Controlled Damage: The Mechanics and Micro-History of the Damnatio Memoriae Carried Out in KV-23,... © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/187416611X580741 Journal of Egyptian History 4 (2011) 129–147 brill.nl/jeh Controlled Damage: The Mechanics and Micro-History of the Damnatio Memoriae Carried Out in KV-23, the Tomb of Ay Richard H. Wilkinson University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA egypt@u.arizona.edu Abstract Preliminary study of the damaged royal names and images in KV-23—the tomb of Tutankh- amun’s successor Ay—conducted a number of years ago and more recent consideration of the data from that research have enabled an understanding of the mechanics of the damnatio leveled against the monument. This research has also enabled the formation of conclusions regarding some of the symbolic aspects of the destruction. Although the details of the recovered evidence are those of a singular event in a particular tomb, the principles of the mechanics and symbolism underlying the destruction have broader application to our understanding of the process of damnatio in ancient Egypt, though many unanswered questions remain. Keywords Damnatio , Ay, royal tombs, Valley of the Kings * * * * Introduction Tomb KV-23 (/WV-23) lies near the end of the western branch of the Valley of the Kings. 1 The tomb was discovered by Giovani Belzoni 2 in 1816 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Egyptian History Brill

Controlled Damage: The Mechanics and Micro-History of the Damnatio Memoriae Carried Out in KV-23, the Tomb of Ay

Journal of Egyptian History, Volume 4 (1): 129 – Jan 1, 2011

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© 2011 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1874-1657
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/187416611X580741 Journal of Egyptian History 4 (2011) 129–147 brill.nl/jeh Controlled Damage: The Mechanics and Micro-History of the Damnatio Memoriae Carried Out in KV-23, the Tomb of Ay Richard H. Wilkinson University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA egypt@u.arizona.edu Abstract Preliminary study of the damaged royal names and images in KV-23—the tomb of Tutankh- amun’s successor Ay—conducted a number of years ago and more recent consideration of the data from that research have enabled an understanding of the mechanics of the damnatio leveled against the monument. This research has also enabled the formation of conclusions regarding some of the symbolic aspects of the destruction. Although the details of the recovered evidence are those of a singular event in a particular tomb, the principles of the mechanics and symbolism underlying the destruction have broader application to our understanding of the process of damnatio in ancient Egypt, though many unanswered questions remain. Keywords Damnatio , Ay, royal tombs, Valley of the Kings * * * * Introduction Tomb KV-23 (/WV-23) lies near the end of the western branch of the Valley of the Kings. 1 The tomb was discovered by Giovani Belzoni 2 in 1816

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Published: Jan 1, 2011

Keywords: royal tombs; Ay; Valley of the Kings; damnatio

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