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Journal of the General Union of Arab Archaeologists

Journal of the General Union of Arab Archaeologists

Abstract

This paper deals with a New Kingdom limestone door lintel from Medinet Habu, which is currently housed in the Cairo Museum. It bears three royal names of three kings of the New Kingdom; Amenophis I, Thutmosis IV and Ramsses II, who were worshiped as local deities at Deir El-Medina because of their roles in establishing and developing the Valley of the Kings and the society of artists and workers at Deir El-Medina. There is no owner’s name on this door lintel, but from the royal names we can assume that it was made after the reign of Ramses II. By referring to the title of Hathor, which appears on this door lintel and was also found on the statue of Amom-Mes from the 20th Dynasty, the location of the name of King Ramses II from 19th Dynasty between the names of two of 18th Dynasty kings indicates the distinctive status of Ramses II, which was either made during his reign or in the era of his predecessors of the 20th Dynasty. Thus, it is likely that this door lintel dates back to the 20th Dynasty.

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