Third Intermediate Period

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Left behind in the Mentuhotep Temple at Deir el-Bahri, this hoe had been used by later stone robbers to pry up floor slabs from the lower colonnade to use elsewhere. Found with it was a pick that could be slotted into the same handle, so that the two implements were interchangeable. Both the pick and the hoe blade had "recently" (in antiquity) been sharpened.

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