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By Dr A Rosalie David, Rosalie David

In Rosalie David's arms, the Egyptian developers of the pyramids are printed as easy humans, prime usual lives whereas they're working on development the good tomb for a Pharoah. this can be an engrossing detective tale, bringing to the overall reader a desirable photo of a different neighborhood that lived in Egypt and outfitted one of many pyramids, a few 4 thousand years in the past.

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However, archaeological and literary evidence have shown that Mi-wer was actually most used as the name of the town known today as Gurob; this was in fact probably derived from the nearby stretch of the Bahr Yusef, similarly named. The ancient Egyptian name for the lake seems to have been ‘The Lake of Mi-wer’ (Tahenet en Merwer), and not ‘Mi-wer’. Therefore, royal recognition and a favourable environment soon led to the establishment and development of some major towns in the area. Every king had several harems or residences scattered around Egypt and these were major institutions, possessing fields and herds and employing many people.

All the subsidiary tombs had to be provisioned and the priests who attended to them had to be paid, an expense borne by the king as a mark of esteem for his favoured courtiers and officials. Thus, in addition to building and equipping and provisioning his own pyramid and funerary priesthood, each king had continuing obligations to the pyramid complexes and priesthoods of previous rulers, and to the courtiers and their tombs. After a few generations, this became an onerous burden, and the depletion of royal resources as a result of pyramid-building was one of the main reasons for the eventual decline and disintegration of centralised power at the end of the Old Kingdom.

Sesostris II was probably the first king to concern himself with this project and ordered the construction of a barrage across the mouth of the Hawara Channel, near Lahun. However, it was his successor, Amenemmes III, who completed the reclamation, gaining more than 17,000 acres of additional land around Crocodilopolis (the modern Medinet el-Fayoum). He enclosed this land within a vast semicircular embankment. Indeed, Classical writers credit him with the creation of Lake Moeris, to accommodate the superfluous water so that the land would not be flooded by the rising water level of the river.

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