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In this authoritative survey of the archaeology of early Egypt, David Wengrow offers a new interpretation of the emergence of farming economies and the dynastic state, c.10,000 to 2,650 BC. Exploring key themes such as the nature of state power, kingship and the inception of writing, Wengrow illuminates prehistoric social development along the Nile through comparison with neighboring regions. Employing rich empirical data and engaging critically with anthropological theory and the history of archaeological thought, Wengrow's work challenges the current theoretical isolation of Egyptian prehistory.Read more
- Broader geographical and chronological scope than any comparable archaeological survey of Ancient Egypt
- Presents an engaging narrative history
- Reinterprets the significance of Egypt in the history of archaeological thought
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'The Archaeology of Early Egypt marks a great advance in publications in this area. It is a remarkable achievement.' Professor John Baines, Oriental Institute, University of OxfordSee more reviews
'… ground-breaking book, which consolidates ideas developed in several articles … an engaging and multi-faceted account that is sue to provoke discussion and debate … for its refreshing and innovative approach, Wengrow's account deserves to become a classic interpretation of the archaeology of early Egypt.' Liam McNamara, St John's College, Oxford
'… a detailed and an insightful look into the formation of early Egyptian civilization. … essential reading for anyone trying to understand the formation of early Egyptian burial practices, social customs, and cultural traditions and how they impacted later Egyptian history.' Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin
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- Date Published: June 2006
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521543743
- length: 366 pages
- dimensions: 246 x 173 x 23 mm
- weight: 0.58kg
- contains: 83 b/w illus. 7 maps
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: the idea of prehistory in the Middle East and North East Africa
Part I. Transformations in Prehistory:
1. Egypt and the outside world I, c.10,000–3300 BC
2. Neolithic economy and society
3. Domestication and embodiment in the Nile valley
4. The urbanisation of the dead: Naqada I-II
5. Image, ritual and the construction of identity in late prehistory
Part II. The Making of Kingship:
6. Opening considerations: la mémoire monarchique
7. Egypt and the outside world II, c.3300–2500 BC
8. The evolution of simplicity: Naqada III
9. Extraordinary bodies and binding truths: early writing in context
10. Theatres of sacrifice: dynastic constructions of death
Conclusion: subterranean histories of power.
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