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The Nile and Ancient Egypt
Changing Land- and Waterscapes, from the Neolithic to the Roman Era


  • Date Published: June 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107012158

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  • The tale of human habitation of the Nile Valley is a long one and includes famine, disaster, global environmental events, and human resolve told against a background of ever-changing landscape. In this volume, Judith Bunbury examines the region over a 10,000 year period, from the Neolithic to the Roman conquest. Charting the progression of the river as it meanders through the region and over the ages, she demonstrates how ancient Egyptians attempted to harness the Nile's power as a force for good. Over the generations, they learned how to farm and build on its banks, and also found innovative solutions to cope in a constantly evolving habitat. Using the latest theories and evidence, this richly illustrated volume also provides a blueprint for the future management of the Nile.

    • Proposes an enhanced view of the Nile in a multi-disciplinary format, bringing together different disciplines to retell this story of the Nile's journey through time
    • Uses geological principles, archaeological evidence and historical records to describe and explain the landscape of the Nile in detail
    • Contains an extensive illustratration program that provides real-life examples and photos
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107012158
    • length: 196 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 68 b/w illus. 13 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Humans and climate change: how past peoples can inform our responses to landscape and climate change
    2. The green deserts: lakes and playas of the Saharan wet phases
    3. The climate see-saw: the balance between hunter-gathering and farming in the wadis and marshes of the Nile Valley
    4. The development of Egypt's capitals: condensation of the Nile into meandering channels with inhabited levees
    5. Climate change and crisis: differing views of devolution during the First Intermediate Period
    6. Islands in the Nile
    7. The Flood and the New Delta
    8. Renewed Strength in the South: the rise of Thebes (Karnak) and management of the minor channels of the Nile
    9. High tides of Empire: the New Kingdom to Roman period: development of whole Nile water management
    10. Coptic-Islamic times: a well-documental movement of the Nile from Al-Fustat through Babylon
    11. Modern changes to Egypt: dams and irrigation, can we ever control the Nile?
    Appendix I. The principles of borehole logging.

  • Author

    Judith Bunbury, University of Cambridge
    Judith Bunbury is Senior Tutor at St Edmund's College, Teaching Associate in the Department of Earth Sciences, and member of the MacDonald Research Institute at the University of Cambridge. She has worked on several major sites in Egypt, including the Temples at Karnak and the Giza Pyramids.

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