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Lahun: two large compounds for town officials

Two adjacent 12th Dynasty compounds from the town at Lahun (after Petrie 1891).

These are two of the largest structures in the 12th Dynasty town of Lahun (detail 2 on Petrie's plan). They represent house or palace compounds of officials during the construction of the pyramid of Senruset II (1897-1878 BC). They may have also served some public or official functions. A number of the room have columns, and each contains a large open space (yellow area) which may represent a kind of atrium. Entrances from the parallel east-west streets flanking the structures are shown with arrows.

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