An Early Dynastic Crucible from the Settlement of Elkab (Upper Egypt)
Davey, Christopher J.
History and Archaeology
Egypt Exploration Society
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During excavations in the spring of 2015 in the settlement of Elkab, a complete and almost intact crucible was discovered on the floor level of a Second Dynasty building. This article describes the crucible and its archaeological context, it explores the design of the crucible in comparison with contemporary crucibles of a corresponding style and it foreshadows the character of on-going research. The crucible has the shape depicted in Old Kingdom tomb metal-working scenes. Its profile became the hieroglyphic ideogram denoting metal-workers implying it was an iconic implement, although this is currently the only example of this kind of crucible from Egypt. Indeed, this is the earliest complete crucible for melting copper yet found anywhere.
CitationClaes, Wouter; Davey, Christopher J.; Hendrickx, Stan (2019). An Early Dynastic Crucible from the Settlement of Elkab (Upper Egypt). , Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, Vol. 105, Issue 1, 29-42, Sage publishing, ISSN: 2514-0582, DOI: 10.1177/0307513319885098.