Egyptology Today: An Introduction

Egyptology Today: An Introduction


By (author) Richard Wilkinson

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  • Format: Hardback | 283 pages
  • Dimensions: 183mm x 257mm x 23mm | 885g
  • Publication date: 31 December 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521863643
  • ISBN 13: 9780521863643
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: b/w illus
  • Sales rank: 1,587,065

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This book, at the more academic end of those designed for the non-specialist, takes an interesting tack - it isn't the usual introduction to Ancient Egypt, but to Egyptology as a discipline in the modern age. The chapters by a fairly stellar cast, are divided into four sections. The first, approaches, looks at Egyptology from archaeological, historical, and medical scientific perspectives. The second, Monuments, looks at surveying and the effect of GPS on the discipline, at epigraphy and at conservation. Art and Artifacts, examines art-historical approaches, museums and issues of cultural ownership and conservation. Finally Texts looks at continuing advances in our understanding of the Egyptian language and interpretation of literature.

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Author information

Richard H. Wilkinson is Professor of Egyptian archaeology at the University of Arizona. Director of the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition, which has conducted archaeological projects in Egypt's famed Valley of the Kings since 1989 and now excavating the memorial temple of Queen Tausert, he is the author of nearly one hundred articles and reviews as well as six books, most recently The Complete Temples of Egypt and The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt.

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'This useful and informative publication adds a much needed new dimension to the study of ancient Egypt.' Ancient Egypt '...a valuable and focussed account of techniques and methods that are continually adding to our knowledge of ancient Egypt.' Minerva '... an excellent guide to the current state of knowledge, ongoing trends, and field-specific challenges in modern Egyptology, and it should be mandatory reading for all graduate students and professionals in the field. The book is also recommended for undergraduate students and the interested public who want to know what modern Egyptologists care about and what they actually do.' American Journal of Archaeology Online 'Richard Wilkinson has pulled together an excellent introduction to the variety of approaches that are currently in use for understanding the world of ancient Egypt. While the public may generally equate Egyptology with archaeology (and more specifically with the discovery of 'exciting' finds), and while in the past an uncritical approach was privileged in Egyptology, the subject today takes advantage of the wide range of evidence that has survived.' Journal of the American Oriental Society

Table of contents

Introduction: the past in the present: Egyptology today Richard H. Wilkinson; Part I. Methods: Paths to the Past: 1. Archaeology and Egyptology Kent Weeks; 2. History and Egyptology Donald Redford; 3. Medical science and Egyptology A. Rosalie David; Part II. Monuments: Structures for this Life and the Next: 4. Site survey in Egyptology Sarah Parcak; 5. Epigraphy and recording Peter Dorman; 6. Monument and site conservation Michael Jones; Part III. Art and Artifacts: Objects as Subject: 7. Art of ancient Egypt Rita Freed; 8. Ancient Egypt in museums today Arielle Kozloff; 9. Artifact conservation and Egyptology Susanne Gansicke; Part IV. Texts: The Words of Gods and Men: 10. The Egyptian language James P. Allen; 11. Ancient Egyptian literature John L. Foster and Ann L. Foster; 12. Egyptian religious texts Ronald Leprohon; Afterword: the past in the future: tomorrow's Egyptology Richard H. Wilkinson.