Demotic Ostracon Recording Payment of Necropolis Tax

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 22 March 2018

This is a receipt for the "Tax of the Overseer of the Necropolis". Ancient Egyptian cemeteries possessed their own administration, the cost of which were defrayed by the payment of specific taxes. Most of the evidence for these were preserved on ostraca of the Ptolemaic and Roman Periods, which record the payment of these taxes to an official entitled "Overseer of the Necropolis". In most cases, the sum levied is paid by an agent in the name of the deceased person, whose mummy is stated to have been transported to the necropolis. Ptolemaic Period, reign of Ptolemy II, 284-246 BCE. From Thebes, modern-day Egypt. (The British Museum, London).



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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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