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The Archaeology of Early Egypt: Social Transformations in North-East Africa, C. 10,000 to 2,650 BC (Cambridge World Archaeology)

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In The Archaeology of Early Egypt, David Wengrow provides a new interpretation of the emergence of farming economies and the dynastic state c. 10,0002,650 BC. Comparison with neighbouring regions brings the dynamics of prehistoric social development along the Nile into focus, while detailed analysis of the archaeological record reveals the interplay between large-scale processes of economic and political change and the intimate material practices through which social identities were transformed. His conclusions extend beyond Egypt to consider the relationship between bureaucracy, sacrifice and the nature of state power.

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New interpretation of the emergence of farming economies and the dynastic state in E

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

David Wengrow is a Lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, where he has established a new program of study comparing ancient societies of the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521543743
Editor:
Yoffee, Norman
Editor:
Alcock, Susan
Editor:
Yoffee, Norman
Editor:
Alcock, Susan
Author:
Wengrow, David
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Egypt Antiquities.
Subject:
Egypt Civilization To 332 B.C.
Subject:
Archaeology-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Cambridge World Archaeology
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
83 b/w illus. 7 maps
Pages:
366
Dimensions:
9.68x6.80x.89 in. 1.66 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
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