Reconstruction of Foundation Deposit By: Rylan Schnitker, Aidan McNally, Logan Bahn, Sarah Lee


Before the construction of an important place like a temple or a royal tomb, Egyptians would have a ceremony called the groundbreaking, or cutting of the rope ceremony. In one part of the ceremony holes were dug at corners and important places of the palace. In the about 3 ft wide by 8 ft tall brick lined holes, there was sacrifices and storage, these were mostly tools, pots, food and more. The other uses these have other than ceremonial and sacrificial uses are, they could be used as mini storage units. Read more about them below.

Aidan McNally (Archeologist)

The Reconstruction of a Foundation Deposit

Before these Reconstruction of Foundation Deposits were built, the royal families must have felt that if they didn’t have enough room in their storage unit, they would feel worried about the storage for other things in the palace. For example, if you don’t have enough room in your house to store things, you might rent one of those storage units. Well, that’s probably how the Egyptians felt. What the Foundation Deposit does is that it stores items from the rulers. For example, lipstick, pots, or other things. If I were to think like an archaeologist, the people probably thought that it was wise to have extra space for their things. For example, I was lucky enough to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Met) There, I ended up seeing the Foundation Deposit, and what it was used for. What is was used for is that Hatshepsut stored things inside the Deposit, and I saw how it would be used for sacrificial uses in the egyptian time. For example, pleasing the gods.

The Archaeologist’s Thinking...

As you can see, what this means is that Hatshepsut also used these storages to store a lot of things. She must have thought that as pharaoh, it might have been wise to make these storages. And when the storage was built, she would have a lot more place to store items that came to her. But, it wouldn’t always last, so good thing she could have her workers make more for her. The amount of storages that archaeologists found must have meant that Hatshepsut had to have extra storage for her things. If I were to think like an archaeologist, this must have meant that it wasn’t just for storage, it must have had something to do with something religious. Also, the things inside of the Deposit must have been like sacrificial items to please the gods.

Rylan Schnitker (Sociologist)


A sociologist would think that the Egyptians acted the way they did by making these because they believed in many gods. That's why they filled these holes with offerings, so the place that they are building would be protected by the gods. Society had developed the way it had because they believed in sacrificing items to the gods. For example shovels, tools, pots, food and more. When they were building these sacred buildings they believed it was there job to give offerings to the gods to protect them.


A sociologist would think the properties that this Egyptian artifact contributes to social change are, it acts like an offering spot and society would come together to the ceremony. When it happens it's almost like a huge party where the whole city is invited to celebrate the start of building a sacred place. The impact this has to cultural values in society is that, this is part of the egyptians culture which is to sacrifice items to the gods. This item does exactly that because the egyptians use it to give sacrifices.

Logan Bahn (Geographer)

The Big Dark Hole

Have you ever seen a Foundation Deposit? Well you probably have not because they are all the way in Egypt. The Foundation Deposit was a brick hole near Hatshepsut’s temple that was built to store things. This means that the Foundation Deposit must of been really important to be near the temple. Also, the Deposit was made in a festival called “The stretching of the cord”. The people made a lot of Deposits. This one is just one of the eleven that the people made around Hatshepsut’s temple!

In The Land Of The Sand

Did you know that another cool fact about the Deposit is its in the reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III? This is a cool fact because that means that these Deposits had the most valuable items that were in any deposit in Egypt! This also means that since most people lived in their reign, it was probably the most seen. One more fact is that the Deposits had very old items like axes and pots. This is important because, it means that these deposits have been around for a long time.

Sarah Lee, Historian

How the Foundation Deposit was Used

Long ago, there were storages called Foundation Deposits, which held different tools. Items like pottery, wood, leather, reed, stone, bronze and more. Royal families were the ones who had these, they were called Foundation Deposits. The past events that made this happen was to put items into the storage, and to give sacrifices to the gods in the foundation deposit. The causes in the pasts for the Foundation Deposits, were for Hatshepsut's royal families and to put their weapons, bowls, shovels, and food.

Historian's Thinking...

To add from the first paragraph, how egyptians lived back then with the Foundation Deposits, because the kings and queens used it, was a nice shed type place to use to save anything or to put any bowls and jars. Even though the egyptians didn’t have any Foundation Deposits, they still had room to put any plates or anything else like that somewhere else. Also, Foundation Deposit, was really important too. The kings and queens gave sacrificial offering and also they could store items like, pots and shovels, also other items in there. The royal families used the Foundation Deposit for their food and any other sacrifices.


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