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The Archaeology of the First Farmer-herders in Egypt: New Insights into the Fayum Epipalaeolithic and Neolithic

The Archaeology of the First Farmer-herders in Egypt: New Insights into the Fayum Epipalaeolithic and Neolithic

Paperback Amsterdam University Press - Archaeological Studies Leiden U

By (author) Noriyuki Shirai

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  • Publisher: Leiden University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 402 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 280mm x 22mm | 921g
  • Publication date: 15 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Dordrecht
  • ISBN 10: 9087280793
  • ISBN 13: 9789087280796
  • Illustrations note: b/w figs
  • Sales rank: 1,962,227

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The Archaeology of the First Farmer-Herders in Egypt explores how and why farming and herding started in the Fayum, which is a large oasis with a permanent lake in the Egyptian Western Desert. Noriyuki Shirai's research on lithic artefacts used by the Epipalaeolithic hunter-fishers and Neolithic famer-herders in the Fayum gives a clue as to the mobility and residential strategy of the Fayum people and their time and labour investments in tool production. The Neolitic famer-herders (6th C.B.C.E.) relied heavily on hunting and fishing, which had been the major subsistence activities since the Epipalaeolithic period. Lithic evidence, as Shirai proves, suggests that the Fayum people were not nomadic but were tethered to lakeshores. Archaeological Studies Leiden University (ASLU) is a series of the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University since 1998. The series' aim is to publish Research and PhD theses of Archaeology and covers the international research fields of European Prehistory, Classical-, Near Eastern- Indian American- and Science-based Archaeology.

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Noriyaki Shirai is a researcher at Leiden University.

Table of contents

The Archaeology of the First Farmer-Herders in Egypt - 2 Contents - 6 Preface - 13 1. Introduction - 14 2. Neolithisation in Egypt in a wider context - 20 3. Background to research in the Fayum - 46 4. Explanatory and predictive models for the beginning of farming and herding in the Fayum - 94 5. The Fayum Epipalaeolithic and Neolithic in the light of new survey results - 132 6. Lithic technological organisation and mobility in the Fayum Epipalaeolithic - 196 7. Lithic technological organisation and mobility in the Fayum Neolithic - 254 8. The diffusion of material culture and domesticates from the Levant to Egypt - 324 9. Synthesis - 350 References - 356 English Summary - 388 Nederlandse samenvatting - 390 List of figures - 392 List of tables - 398 Acknowledgements - 401 Curriculum Vitae - 402