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Egyptology Today : An Introduction

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Egyptology Today examines how modern scholars examine all aspects of ancient Egypt, one of the greatest of all ancient civilizations. In essays by a team of archaeologists, curators, scholars, and conservators who are actively involved in research or applied aspects of Egyptology, this book looks at the techniques and methods that are used to increase our understanding of a distant culture that was as old to the Greeks and Romans as these cultures are to us. Topics range from how tombs and other monuments are discovered, excavated, recorded and preserved, to the study of Egyptian history, art, artifacts, and texts. Each chapter shows how modern Egyptology approaches, learns about, and strives to preserve the ancient remains of one of the most fascinating cultures in human history.

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  • Hardback | 298 pages
  • 182.88 x 256.54 x 22.86mm | 884.5g
  • 31 Dec 2007
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge
  • English
  • b/w illus
  • 0521863643
  • 9780521863643
  • 1,681,291

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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

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