Foundation deposits are the archaeological remains of the ritual burial of materials under the foundations of buildings.
Foundation nail dedicated by Gudea to Ningirsu.
Fenestrated silver axehead, Middle Bronze Age, found near Byblos
In the case of Ancient Egypt, foundation deposits took the form of ritual mudbrick lined pits or holes dug at specific points under temples or tombs, which were filled with ceremonial objects, usually amulets, scarabs, food, or ritual miniature tools, and were supposed to prevent the building from falling into ruin.
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