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Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology

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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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  • Date Published: April 2000
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521452571

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  • Aimed primarily at Egyptologists and archaeologists, this book covers all aspects of craftwork in ancient Egypt, from the construction of the pyramids and the carving of statues to techniques of mummification, boat-building, jewelery making, ancient brewing, carpentry, hairstyling, tailoring and basket weaving. Drawing on archaeological, experimental, ethnographic and laboratory work, it is the first book since the 1920s to describe current research into the actual basics of life in Pharaonic Egypt. The twenty-five chapters, by well-regarded scholars, present up-to-date and accessible information on a wide array of techniques.

    • 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
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "It is a much needed, well-illustrated, and engrossing update on the status of research on materials and technology, and with the added attraction of multidisciplinary colaboraton on key topics." International Journal of African Historical Studies

    "...a splendid companion." Ancient History Bulletin

    "The editors have enlisted the specialist knowledge of thirty-four scholars and the resulting volume is very impressive...drawings and pictures illustrate most chapters, good use being made of the rich visual documentation found in scenes of daily life in Egyptian tombs." Times Literary Supplement

    "...Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology is very likely to be the standard reference tool on these subjects for the next several decades. It will be difficult to create a volume as comprehensive, clearly written, well documented and highly illustrated as Professors Nicholson and Shaw have prepared." Charles Kolb, The Reviewer

    "This monumental encyclopedic volume sets new standards of excellence....An essential resource for reference collections and material culture specialists." Choice

    "[a] new, long awaited book...Nicholson and Shaw have produced a very useful reference tool for those involved in research in the field of Egyptian materials and technologies...it presents a very useful summary of known facts and many of the scientific techniques that can be applied...it is readable and covers a wide enough area to be a useful reference." SAS Bulletin

    "...this volume offers a new standard reference for scholars, students, and museum professionals alike." Religious Studies Review

    "A much-needed, well illustrated, and engrossing update on the status of research on materials and technology, and with the added attraction of multidisciplinary collaboration on key approaches."

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521452571
    • length: 724 pages
    • dimensions: 284 x 228 x 53 mm
    • weight: 2.892kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Editors

    Paul T. Nicholson, Cardiff University

    Ian Shaw, University of Liverpool

    Contributors

    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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