An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt

An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt

By (author) Kathryn A. Bard

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An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt is a comprehensive overview of Egyptian archaeology skillfully organized to guide the reader from Egypt's prehistoric past through the pharaonic dynasties and the Greco-Roman Period. * Provides an unprecedented introduction to the archaeology of ancient Egypt and its culture, monuments, and civilization * Beautifully illustrated with over 120 color and black and white illustrations, including artifacts, maps, and site and building plans * Includes special sections on such topics of perennial interest as building the pyramids at Giza, mummification, and deciphering hieroglyphs * Organized into 11 chapters, covering: the history of Egyptology and Egyptian archaeology; prehistoric and pharaonic chronology and the ancient Egyptian language; geography, resources, and environment; and seven chapters organized chronologically and devoted to specific archaeological sites and evidence * Includes discussion of new excavations in Egypt, connecting recent work with the results of projects spanning the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries

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  • Paperback | 424 pages
  • 188 x 244 x 24mm | 961.61g
  • 01 Oct 2007
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester
  • English
  • 104
  • 1405111488
  • 9781405111485
  • 220,749

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Kathryn A. Bard is Associate Professor of Archaeology, Boston University, and is the editor of The Encyclopedia of the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt (1999). She has directed excavations in Egypt and northern Ethiopia since 1989 and was the recipient of the National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration Chairman's Award in 1998. Bard is Co-Director (with Rodolfo Fattovich) of excavations at the pharaonic seaport at Wadi/Mersa Gawasis, where in December 2004 they discovered the first pieces ever recovered from ancient Egyptian seagoing vessels, including riggings and cedar steering oars.

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"A detailed and impressive volume ... Very readable and well illustrated, this book contains much information that will not be found elsewhere." Ancient Egypt Magazine "This book will be ideal for enthusiasts, especially for students and more so for anyone who teaches the subject at any level. As such it is likely to be well used and is highly recommended." Ancient Egypt: The History, People and Culture of the Nile Valley "There has never been a scholarly introduction to the archaeology of ancient Egypt that also works as a course text. Kathryn Bard's new book fills that gap. I am particularly impressed by its even coverage of all historical periods and types of evidence." John Baines, University of Oxford "Kathryn Bard has authored the first history of ancient Egypt based primarily on archaeological data. She is well qualified to do this as a result of her major contributions as an archaeologist to understanding the development of the state in prehistoric Egypt and of Egyptian trading relations with sub-Saharan Africa, as well as her editing of the highly successful Encyclopedia of the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt. This is a broadly accessible work." Bruce G. Trigger, McGill University

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Tutankhamen. Looted pyramids of ancient kings. The Valley of the Kings. Few civilizations excite the imagination like that of ancient Egypt. Yet, to date, there has been no comprehensive introduction to Egyptian archaeology.This skillfully organized book guides the reader from Egypt's prehistoric past through the pharaonic dynasties and the Greco-Roman Period by providing an overview of ancient Egyptian culture, its monuments, and civilization. The text is enriched by more than 120 color and black and white illustrations, including artifacts, maps, and site and building plans. This captivating book also includes special sections on such topics of perennial interest as building the pyramids at Giza, mummification, and deciphering hieroglyphs. Covering Egyptian chronology, language, geography, specific archaeological sites, and the history of Egyptology, "An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt" is an invaluable resource to students and interested lay people alike.

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