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  • n. Plural form of mastaba.


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  • We threaded our way past the cupboard-sized shops and the narrow stone benches called mastabas in front of them.

    The Mummy Case

  • Surrounding those were the eastern and western cemeteries of nobles, the mastabas dotting the landscape.

    Shadow Chase

  • Egyptians held a deep belief in the afterlife, and preserved their bodies and possessions for use after death, placing them in elaborate pyramids, mastabas, and rock-cut tombs.


  • This paionting seems to be of the area of the market devoted to rugs and textiles, watched by merchants, the mastabas, on stone benches.

    John Frederick Lewis - A Cairo Bazaar, The Dellai

  • Instead, kings were buried in chambers underneath mud-brick edifices, called mastabas.

    Creationist admits to being "a deceiver and a liar" - The Panda's Thumb

  • For the first six weeks my wife excavated at Saqqareh, copying mastabas, and had the Misses Hansard, Eckenstein and Kingsford there.

    TutWatch: The Man Who Found Tut

  • Building a main entrance the southeast and a secondary or false entrance at the northeast is a plan reminiscent of Second Dynasty mastabas (so called two-niche mastabas), and the development of the concept of the false door.

    Interactive Dig Hierakonpolis - Hierakonpolis 2007 - Field Note 5

  • Many of the mastabas were occupied by customers; the merchant, just inside the shop, produced his glittering wares from the locked drawers within.

    The Mummy Case

  • That city of the dead, necropolis to the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, wasn't immediately visible to Jenny, but the airborne peregrine could see all fourteen pyramids and hundreds of mastabas and tombs dating from the First to the Thirtieth Dynasty.

    From This Beloved Hour

  • Along a line leading north was the sirdab, or offering chamber, the mortuary temple and satellite pyramids, the courtiers 'mastabas and the causeway leading to the Valley Temple.

    From This Beloved Hour


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