Comments on the Reconstruction
Why choose the Labyrinth?
Ancient writers rated the Labyrinth as the most impressive
monument in Egypt, greater even than the Great Pyramid. Today it
has vanished and its original appearance is open for
This makes it an ideal subject for reconstruction by computer:
web delivery allows quick links to the existing evidence and
recent research, as well as the facility for adding future
excavation and research results. Future work may completely
overturn our present ideas about this lost architectural
Why the Second Reconstruction?
- The shape of the building is based on the research of Arnold (1979) who also
assumed that the building is in the tradition of the
Djoser complex in Saqqara.
- The big open court has its parallels in the open court of
- The twelve open courts are described by Herodotus.
- The five chapels are common for pyramid complexes in the
Old and the Middle Kingdom.
- Traces of the chapel to the north of the pyramid were
still visible in the 19th century.
- The chapel to the east of the pyramid is reconstructed on
Statues of Amenemhat III, most probably from Hawara.
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