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An introduction to the archaeology of ancient Egypt

Author: Kathryn A Bard
Publisher: Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Pub., 2008.
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"This book guides the reader from Egypt's prehistoric past through the pharaonic dynasties and the Greco-Roman Period by providing an overview of ancient Egyptian culture, its monuments, and civilization. The text is enriched by more than 120 color and black-and-white illustrations, including artifacts, maps, and site and building plans. The book also includes special sections on such topics as building the pyramids  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kathryn A Bard
ISBN: 9781405111492 1405111496 9781405111485 1405111488
OCLC Number: 816032215
Description: xx, 400 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Abbreviations of References Listed in Suggested Readings xvi --
1 Egyptian Archaeology: Definitions and History 1 --
1.1 Introduction: Ancient Egyptian Civilization and its Prehistoric Predecessors 3 --
1.2 Egyptian Archaeology 3 --
1.3 Egyptology 5 --
1.4 History of Egyptology and Egyptian Archaeology 5 --
1.5 Archaeological Methods 15 --
1.6 Archaeological Theory 18 --
1.7 Ancient Egypt and Egyptian Archaeologists in Fiction and Films 19 --
2 Hieroglyphs, Language, and Pharaonic Chronology 23 --
2.1 Language of the Ancient Egyptians 25 --
2.2 Origins and Development of Egyptian Writing 25 --
2.3 Scripts and Media of Writing 28 --
2.4 Signs, Structure, and Grammar 29 --
2.5 Literacy in Ancient Egypt 32 --
2.6 Textual Studies 32 --
2.7 Use of Texts in Egyptian Archaeology 34 --
2.8 Historical Outline of Pharaonic Egypt 36 --
2.9 The Egyptian Civil Calendar, King Lists, and Calculation of Pharaonic Chronology 38 --
3 The Environmental Background to Pharaonic Civilization: Geography, Environment, Agriculture, and Natural Resources 45 --
3.1 Geography: Terms and Place Names 47 --
3.2 Environmental Setting 51 --
3.3 Environmental and Other Problems for Archaeology in Egypt 54 --
3.4 The Seasons and the Agricultural System 56 --
3.5 The Ancient Egyptian Diet 58 --
3.6 Other Useful Animals and Plants 60 --
3.7 Building Materials 61 --
3.8 Other Resources: Clays, Stones, Minerals 62 --
3.9 Imported Materials 64 --
4 Egyptian Prehistory: The Paleolithic and Neolithic 67 --
Paleolithic 69 --
4.1 Paleolithic Cultures in Egypt 69 --
4.2 Lower Paleolithic 71 --
4.3 Middle Paleolithic 72 --
4.4 Upper Paleolithic 76 --
4.5 Late Paleolithic 77 --
4.6 Epipaleolithic 79 --
Neolithic 80 --
4.7 Saharan Neolithic 80 --
4.8 Neolithic in the Nile Valley: Faiyum A and Lower Egypt 84 --
4.9 Neolithic in the Nile Valley: Middle and Upper Egypt 86 --
5 The Rise of Complex Society and Early Civilization 89 --
Predynastic Egypt 91 --
5.1 The Predynastic Period: Egypt in the 4th Millennium BC 91 --
5.2 Lower Egypt: Buto-Ma'adi Culture 91 --
5.3 Upper Egypt: Naqada Culture 94 --
5.4 Lower Nubia: A-Group Culture 101 --
5.5 State Formation and Unification 104 --
The Early Dynastic State 109 --
5.6 Organization and Institutions of the Early Dynastic State 109 --
5.7 Early Writing and Formal Art 117 --
5.8 The Expanding State 119 --
5.9 Who Were the Ancient Egyptians? Physical Anthropology 120 --
6 The Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period 121 --
6.1 The Old Kingdom: Overview 123 --
The Early Old Kingdom 128 --
6.2 The 3rd Dynasty: Djoser's Step Pyramid at Saqqara 128 --
6.3 The 4th Dynasty's First King, Sneferu, and his Three Pyramids 133 --
6.4 Khufu's Great Pyramid at Giza 137 --
6.5 The Great Sphinx and Khafra's Pyramid Complex 141 --
6.6 Menkaura's Giza Pyramid and its Remarkable Valley Temple Finds 143 --
6.7 Giza Pyramid Towns 144 --
6.8 Giza Mastabas, Queen Hetepheres's Hidden Tomb, and the Workmen's Cemetery 148 --
The Later Old Kingdom 152 --
6.9 Sun Temples of the 5th Dynasty 152 --
6.10 Later Old Kingdom Pyramids and the Pyramid Texts 153 --
6.11 An Expanding Bureaucracy: Private Tombs in the 5th and 6th Dynasties 157 --
6.12 Egypt Abroad 160 --
The First Intermediate Period 162 --
6.13 The End of the Old Kingdom and the First Intermediate Period: Causes of State Collapse 162 --
7 The Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period 167 --
The Middle Kingdom 169 --
7.1 The Middle Kingdom: Overview 169 --
7.2 Pre-Unification 11th Dynasty: Staff Tombs at Thebes 175 --
7.3 Mentuhotep II's Complex at Deir el-Bahri 176 --
7.4 Model Workers and the Deir el-Bahri Tomb of Meketra 177 --
7.5 12th-Dynasty Temples 178 --
7.6 12th- and 13th-Dynasty Pyramids 182 --
7.7 Towns and Domestic Architecture: Kahun and South Abydos 186 --
7.8 Nomarchs in Middle Egypt: The Beni Hasan Tombs 189 --
7.9 Mining in the Sinai and a Galena Mine in the Eastern Desert 190 --
7.10 Egyptian Forts in Nubia and Indigenous Peoples There 191 --
The Second Intermediate Period 195 --
7.11 The Second Intermediate Period: The Hyksos Kingdom in the North 195 --
7.12 The Kerma Kingdom in Upper Nubia 199 --
7.13 The Theban State During the Second Intermediate Period 205 --
8 The New Kingdom 207 --
8.1 The New Kingdom: Overview 209 --
The Early New Kingdom 217 --
8.2 Early New Kingdom Architecture: Ahmose's Abydos Pyramid Complex, and the Theban Mortuary Temples of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III 217 --
8.3 Amenhotep III's Malkata Palace 220 --
8.4 Tell el-Amarna and the Amarna Period 221 --
8.5 The Amarna Aftermath and Tutankhamen's Tomb 229 --
New Kingdom Temples 235 --
8.6 Restoration of the Traditional Gods: Sety I's Abydos Temple 235 --
8.7 The Temples of Karnak and Luxor in the New Kingdom 236 --
8.8 Ramessid Mortuary Temples 240 --
Royal and Elite Tombs 244 --
8.9 Royal Tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens 244 --
8.10 Elite Tombs at Thebes and Saqqara 250 --
State Towns and Settlements 256 --
8.11 The Workmen's Village and Tombs at Deir el-Medina 256 --
8.12 Nubian Temple Towns 261 --
9 The Third Intermediate Period and Late Period 263 --
9.1 The Third Intermediate Period: Overview 265 --
9.2 The Late Period: Overview 269 --
9.3 Tanis: A New City with Royal Tombs 272 --
9.4 Napata/Gebel Barkal and Sanam 275 --
9.5 el-Kurru and Nuri: The Kushite Royal Tombs 278 --
9.6 Saqqara: The Serapeum and Animal Cults 281 --
9.7 Some High Status Tombs of the Third Intermediate Period and Late Period 284 --
9.8 Tell el-Maskhuta and Tell el-Herr 287 --
10 The Greco-Roman Period 289 --
Greco-Roman Egypt 291 --
10.1 The Ptolemaic Period: Overview 291 --
10.2 The Roman Period: Overview 295 --
10.3 Alexandria 299 --
10.4 Greco-Roman Settlements in the Faiyum 301 --
10.5 Two Greco-Roman Temple Complexes in Upper Egypt: Dendera and Philae 303 --
Sites Outside the Nile Valley 307 --
10.6 The Western Desert: Bahariya and Dakhla Oases 307 --
10.7 The Eastern Desert: Roman Ports, Forts, Roads, and Quarrying Sites 309 --
Nubia 314 --
10.8 Qasr Ibrim 314 --
10.9 Meroe: The Kushite Capital and Royal Cemeteries 316 --
11 The Study of Ancient Egypt 323 --
Appendix Additional Readings in French, German, and Italian 357.
Responsibility: Kathryn A. Bard.
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"This book guides the reader from Egypt's prehistoric past through the pharaonic dynasties and the Greco-Roman Period by providing an overview of ancient Egyptian culture, its monuments, and civilization. The text is enriched by more than 120 color and black-and-white illustrations, including artifacts, maps, and site and building plans. The book also includes special sections on such topics as building the pyramids at Giza, mummification, and deciphering hieroglyphs." "Covering Egyptian chronology, language, geography, specific archaeological sites, and the history of Egyptology, An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt is a resource to students and interested lay people alike."--Jacket.

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