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Lost LABYRINTH Of Egypt Scanned

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« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2008, 10:25:43 am »










The actual site of the Egyptian Labyrinth was most important, finally identified by Professor Flinders Petrie in 1888.

Sufficient of the original foundations remained to enable the size and orientation of the building to be roughly determined. Namely about 304 meters [997 feet] long and 244 meters [800 feet] wide. Large enough to hold the great temples of Karnak and Luxor.

He found that the brick chambers which Lepsius took to be part of the Labyrinth were only remains of the Roman town built by its supposed destroyers.

He concluded that the Labyrinth itself being so thoroughly demolished that only the great bed of fragments remained on top of an artificial stone foundation.

Anyway Petrie drew up a tentative restoration based upon the descriptions of Herodotus and Strabo
so far as these tallied with the scanty remains discovered by him. He speculated that the shrines
which he found formed part of a series of nine, ranged along the foot of the pyramid, each attached
to a columned court, the whole series of courts opening opposite a series of twenty-seven columns arranged down the length of a great hall running east and west; on the other side of this hall would be another series of columned courts, six in number and larger than the others, separated by another long hall from a further series of six.

His finding at Hawara included also scattered bits of foundations, a great well, two door jambs, one to the north and one to the south, two granite shrines and part of another, several fragments of statues and a large granite seated figure of the king, who is still generally recognised to have been the builder of the Labyrinth.

Namely Amenemhet (or Amenemhat) III of the XIIth Dynasty (also known as Lampares), who reigned about twenty-three centuries BCE.
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