Foundation Deposits

   A series of ritual objects buried at the corners and important axis points of temples and tombs, sometimes in brick-lined pits. The deposits often consist of inscribed plaques of faience, stone, and precious metals, as well as food offerings, model tools, vessels, and other religious symbols, also often in faience or other materials. They are a useful dating material for construction. They were used consistently from the Old Kingdom to the GraecoRoman Period and also in the Meroitic Empire.
Historical Dictionary Of Ancient Egypt by Morris L. Bierbrier

Ancient Egypt. A Reference Guide. . 2011.

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