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annual flood deposited layer of salt, renewing the fertility of the soil and ensuring that the country was prosperous and the population suffieciently fed
on the day of burial, the body is brought here on a barque; geometric influence, very straight, symbolic sense of direction
bench-like structure over graves; first burial structures; located in necropolis, sun baked bricks about 30' high, flat roof and sloping walls, decorated with painted patterns in brilliant colors; three spaces, underground burial chamber (30' below ground, place for sarcophagus), above ground serdab (above ground, ka statue kept, place where family worshiped dead, typically coloful to deceive the gods into letting the ka enter the afterlife, false door) and chapel.
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