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Gold and Goldmining in Ancient Egypt and Nubia: Geoarchaeology of the Ancient Gold Mining Sites in the Egyptian and Sudanese Eastern Deserts

Gold and Goldmining in Ancient Egypt and Nubia: Geoarchaeology of the Ancient Gold Mining Sites in the Egyptian and Sudanese Eastern Deserts

Hardback Natural Science in Archaeology

By (author) Dietrich D. Klemm, By (author) Rosmarie Klemm

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  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
  • Format: Hardback | 649 pages
  • Dimensions: 184mm x 260mm x 34mm | 1,701g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Berlin
  • ISBN 10: 3642225071
  • ISBN 13: 9783642225079
  • Edition statement: 2012
  • Illustrations note: 68 black & white illustrations, 519 colour illustrations, biography
  • Sales rank: 885,131

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The book presents the historical evolution of gold mining activities in the Egyptian and Nubian Desert (Sudan) from about 4000 BC until the Early Islamic Period (~800-1350 AD), subdivided into the main classical epochs including the Early Dynastic; Old and Middle Kingdoms; New Kingdom (including Kushitic); Ptolemaic; Roman and Early Islamic. It is illustrated with many informative colour images, maps and drawings. An up to date comprehensive geological introduction gives a general overview on the gold production zones in the Eastern Desert of Egypt and northern (Nubian) Sudan, including the various formation processes of the gold bearing quartz veins mined in these ancient periods. The more than 250 gold production sites presented, are described both, from their archaeological (as far as surface inventory is concerned) and geological environmental conditions, resulting in an evolution scheme of prospection and mining methods within the main periods of mining activities. The book offers for the first time a complete catalogue of the many gold production sites in Egypt and Nubia under geological and archaeological aspects. It provides information about the importance of gold for the Pharaohs and the spectacular gold rush in Early Arab times.

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From the book reviews: "This book is certainly one of the best records of early mining for any part of the world. We should be most grateful to the authors for compiling so systematic a record of these remains. Archaeologists should waste no time in investigating these settlements before they fall prey to further mining." (David Killick, Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, Vol. 48 (4), 2013)

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The book presents the historical evolution of gold mining activities in the Egyptian and Nubian Desert (Sudan) from about 4000 BC until the Early Islamic Period ( 800 1350 AD), subdivided into the main classical epochs including the Early Dynastic Old and Middle Kingdoms New Kingdom (including Kushitic) Ptolemaic Roman and Early Islamic. It is illustrated with many informative colour images, maps and drawings. An up to date comprehensive geological introduction gives a general overview on the gold production zones in the Eastern Desert of Egypt and northern (Nubian) Sudan, including the various formation processes of the gold bearing quartz veins mined in these ancient periods. The more than 250 gold production sites presented, are described both, from their archaeological (as far as surface inventory is concerned) and geological environmental conditions, resulting in an evolution scheme of prospection and mining methods within the main periods of mining activities. The book offers for the first time a complete catalogue of the many gold production sites in Egypt and Nubia under geological and archaeological aspects. It provides information about the importance of gold for the Pharaohs and the spectacular gold rush in Early Arab times. "

Table of contents

Archaeological Chronology fo Gold Mining in Ancient Egypt and Nubian Sudan.- Value of Gold in Ancient Egypt.- Analyses of Gold and Observations on Ancient Egyptian Goldsmithing.- Summary on the Sequential and Spatial Distribution of Ancient Gold Producing Sites in the Egyptian and Nubian Eastern Deserts.