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Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology


  • Page extent: 724 pages
  • Size: 276 x 219 mm
  • Weight: 2.892 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 620.1/1/0932
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: TA402.5.E3 A53 2000
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Building materials--Egypt
    • Technology--Egypt
    • Egypt--civilization--To 332 B.C
    • Raw materials--Egypt

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521452571 | ISBN-10: 0521452570)

This is a study of the procurement and processing of raw materials employed by the ancient Egyptians over the five millennia of the Predynastic and Pharaonic periods (c.5500–332 BC). During this time, not only were there variations in the preferred materials for particular types of artefacts, but also gradual processes of technological change, and the industries of the Chalcolithic period were complemented and sometimes superseded by the innovations of the Bronze and Iron Ages. Among the topics covered are stone quarrying, the building of temples and pyramids, techniques for preserving meat, fish, and poultry, glass and faience, the baking of bread, brewing of beers, preparation of oils and perfumes, and the mummification of humans and animals. Each chapter has been written by one or more specialists, drawing not only on conventional Egyptological skills but also on expertise in the natural sciences as applied to archaeological data.

• The first book since 1962 to present a comprehensive account of ancient Egyptian technology • Reflects a new emphasis in Egyptology on the composition of materials, their provenance, and production techniques, and away from the traditional focus on linguistic and architectural questions • Written by specialists, based in the UK, Europe and North America, either involved in recent field projects in Egypt or at the forefront of laboratory-based analysis of archaeological material


1. Introduction Paul T. Nicholson and Ian Shaw; Part I. Inorganic Materials: 2. Stone Barbara Aston, James Harrell and Ian Shaw; 3. Soil Barry Kemp; 4. Painting materials Stephen Quirke and Lorna Lee; 5. Pottery Janine Bourriau, Pamela Rose and Paul Nicholson; 6. Metals Jacke Ogden; 7. Egyptian faience Paul Nicholson; 8. Glass Paul Nicholson and Julian Henderson; Part II. Organic Materials: 9. Papyrus Bridget Leach and John Tait; 10. Basketry Willeke Wendrich; 11. Textiles Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood; 12. Leatherwork and skin products Carol van Driel-Murray; 13. Ivory and related materials Robert Morkot and Olga Krzyszkowska; 14. Ostrich eggshells Jacke Phillips; 15. Wood Geoffrey Killen, Nigel Hepper, Peter Gasson and Rowena Gale; 16. Mummies and mummification A. Rosalie David; 17. Oil, fat and wax Margaret Serpico and Raymond White; 18. Resins, amber and bitumen Margaret Serpico; 19. Adhesives and binders Richard Newman, Margaret Serpico and Raymond White; 20. Hair Joann Fletcher; Part III. Food Technology: 21. Cereal production and processing Mary-Anne Murray; 22. Brewing and baking Delwyn Samuel; 23. Viticulture and wine production Mary-Anne Murray; 24. Fruit, vegetables, pulses and condiments Mary-Anne Murray; 25. Meat Processing Salima Ikram.


Review of the hardback: 'Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology … augments and extends Lucas's work. The editors have enlisted the specialist knowledge of thirty-four scholars to accomplish their purpose, and the resulting volume is very impressive.' The Times Literary Supplement

'This is a really useful reference book and one which will be essential for all serious students as well as for anyone else with even the remotest interest in technology, for the answers to the oft-asked question 'how did they do that?' are here.' Ancient Egypt


Paul T. Nicholson, Ian Shaw, Barbara Aston, James Harrell, Barry Kemp, Stephen Quirke, Lorna Lee, Janine Bourriau, Pamela Rose, Jacke Ogden, Julian Henderson, Bridget Leach, John Tait, Willeke Wendrich, Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, Carol van Driel-Murray, Robert Morkot, Olga Krzyszkowska, Jacke Phillips, Geoffrey Killen, Nigel Hepper, Peter Gasson, Rowena Gale, A. Rosalie David, Margaret Serpico, Raymond White, Joann Fletcher, Mary-Anne Murray, Delwyn Samuel, Salima Ikram

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