Constructing the Sacred: Visibility and Ritual Landscape at the Egyptian Necropolis of Saqqara

Introduction: Note 102

Gavin Lucas, The Archaeology of Time, Themes in Archaeology (London: Routledge, 2005), 9–10 cautions that all chronological systems “effect the nature of archaeological interpretations of the past…[and present] time as a uniform, linear phenomenon.” Indeed, it is not just the addition of a time-slider in the digital model that creates structuring systems that do not align perfectly with past realities. This is a larger issue that all Egyptological studies must contend with, as well as scholars dealing with ancient societies across the world. But the time-slider certainly reifies a singular, linear historical narrative.