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Origin of the State. Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt

(Cracow, Poland: 28th August - 1st September 2002)
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The Name of Elephantine in the Late Predynastic period


Jaén (Spain)

In the present communication, the author will discuss one of the numerous designs that have appeared in some labels of the tomb U-j at Umm el-Qaab and in other sites of Upper Egypt. This design, which shows an elephant surmounting a mountain, has been interpreted as an early reference of Abydos. However, parallels with Old Kingdom references of Elephantine suggest that this design referred to Elephantine instead of Abydos.


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