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The archaeology of ancient Egypt : beyond pharaohs

Author: Douglas J Brewer
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
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"Egyptologists, art historians, philologists and anthropological archaeologists have long worked side by side in Egypt, but they often fail to understand one another's approaches. This book aims to introduce students to the archaeological side of the study of ancient Egypt and to bridge the gap between disciplines by explaining how archaeologists tackle a variety of problems. Douglas J. Brewer introduces the
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas J Brewer
ISBN: 9780521880916 0521880912 9780521707343 052170734X
OCLC Number: 781677259
Description: xvii, 200 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: archaeology: history and development --
2. The first Egyptians: the art and science of dating --
3. Agriculture and the Nile Valley: biology, the environment, and sampling --
4. A cultural transformation: explaining and describing the past --
5. Unification and the king: the limits of archaeology --
6. The first great cycle: hypotheses and models --
7. Stability and provincialism: archaeology and the environment; --
8. The desert frontiers: archaeology of the 'other' --
9. From artifacts to culture: back to basics --
10. Archaeology in perspective.
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