Nubian Past An Archaeology of the Sudan

ISBN-10: 0415369886
ISBN-13: 9780415369886
Edition: 2004
Authors: David N. Edwards
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Book details

List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 6/21/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

This volume presents a new synthesis of the archaeology of Nubia and Sudan, a region which for millennia has been where the Eurasian and sub-Saharan worlds met, and which has produced the earliest states and some of the most spectacular archaeology in sub-Saharan Africa. The first major synthesis for over 30 years, the book provides a thoroughly up-to-date review, drawing on the results of the latest research, as well as developing new interpretative frameworks. The book breaks new ground in a number of ways, especially in moving beyond often Egyptocentric and traditional existing culture-histories of 'Nubia', isolated from other areas of Africanist research. One particular concern has been to re-locate the early civilizations of the region and their archaeology within their Sudanic African context - the geographical range of the book extending far beyond the Nubian north, to include wide areas of the Middle Nile Basin and what has come to be the modern Sudan. Through the period-based chapters, thedistinctiveness, or otherwise, of the region's long-term history can be traced both in relation to the Sudanic world and the Egyptian Lower Nile. New ground is also broken in exploring the potential for a more broadly framed and inclusive 'historical archaeology', dealing with the Sudan's more recent past.

List of figures
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Nubia, Sudan and Sudanic Africa
Hunters, Fishers and Gatherers (c.10,000-5,000 BC)
The Neolithic: Developing complexity and expanding worlds (c.5000-3000 BC)
Kerma and Bronze Age Kush
The Kushite Revival: the XXVth dynasty and the kingdom of Napata
Meroitic Kush (c.300 BC-AD 350)
Post-Meroitic Transitions (c. AD 350-550)
Medieval Nubia (c. AD 500-1500)
Post-Medieval Sudan and Islam (c. AD 1500-1900)
Conclusions: Towards an archaeology of the Sudan
Bibliography
Index

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