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The prehistory of Egypt from the first Egyptians to the first pharaohs

Author: Béatrix Midant-Reynes
Publisher: Malden, MA : Blackwell Publishers, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book covers the prehistory of the Nile Valley from Nubia to the Mediterranean, during the period from the earliest hominid settlement, around 700,000 BC, to the beginnings of dynastic Egypt at the end of the fourth millennium BC. The author explores the prehistoric foundations of many of the cultural traditions of Pharaonic Egypt." "The book focuses primarily on the fifteen millennia from 18,000 to 3,000 BC,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Béatrix Midant-Reynes
ISBN: 0631201696 0631217878 9780631201694 9780631217879
OCLC Number: 122981249
Description: xiii, 328 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. I. The Land of Egypt. 1. Between the River and the Desert. The Nile Valley: from the Rift Valley to the Terraces. The Eastern Desert: high mountains and 'miraculous rains'. The Western Desert: the flat land of the oases --
pt. II. The Palaeolithic Period. 2. The earliest evidence for humans in the Nile valley. 3. The beginnings of cultural diversity. 4. Diversity or Nilotic adaptation --
pt. III. The Neolithic Period. 5. The process of 'Neolithicization'. The great Holocene wet phase (c.12000-8000 BP). The mid-Holocene arid phase (c.8000/7500-7000/6500 BP). 6. The Neolithic period (fifth millennium BC). The Faiyum Neolithic. Merimda Beni Salama. El-Omari. El-Tarif. The Khartoum Neolithic. The earliest pottery in Nubia. The Sahara Neolithic. The Badarian culture --
pt. IV. The Approach to the Pharaonic Period (fourth millennium BC). 7. The Predynastic period (c.4000-3000 BC). Upper Egypt: Naqada I/Amratian and Naqada II/Gerzean. Lower Egypt: Maadi and Wadi Digla, Heliopolis, Buto and other Maadian sites. Lower Nubia: the Group. The late Neolithic of Khartoum and the surrounding area (including el-Kadada). 8. The first pharaohs and the unification of the Two Lands. App. 1. Relative chronology and the traditional dating systems --
App. 2. 'Absolute dates'.
Other Titles: Préhistoire de l'Egypte.
Responsibility: Béatrix Midant-Reynes ; translated by Ian Shaw ; preface by Jean Leclant.

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* Provides an accessible narrative history of Egypt from earliest human settlement to the time of the first pharoahs. * Explores prehistoric foundations of many traditions evident in Ancient Egypt.  Read more...

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"Egyptologists frequently have little understanding of the prehistoric past, especially the paleolithic periods, and it is commendable that Midant--Reynes has included this overview." International Read more...

 
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