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Archaeology of Early Egypt Social Transformations in North-East Africa, C. 10,000 to 2,650 BC

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ISBN-10: 0521543746

ISBN-13: 9780521543743

Edition: 2006

Authors: David Wengrow, Norman Yoffee, Susan Alcock, Tom Dillehay, Stephen Shennan

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In this authoritative survey of the archaeology of early Egypt, David Wengrow offers a new interpretation of the emergence of farming economies and the dynastic state, c.10,000 to 2,650 BC. Exploring key themes such as the nature of state power, kingship and the inception of writing, Wengrow illuminates prehistoric social development along the Nile through comparison with neighboring regions. Employing rich empirical data and engaging critically with anthropological theory and the history of archaeological thought, Wengrow's work challenges the current theoretical isolation of Egyptian prehistory.
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Book details

List price: $62.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/25/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 366
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction: the idea of prehistory in the Middle East and North-East Africa
Transformations in Prehistory
Egypt and the outside world I, c. 10,000-3300 BC
Neolithic economy and society
Domestication and embodiment in the Nile valley
The urbanisation of the dead: Naqada I-II
Image, ritual and the construction of identity in late prehistory
The Making of Kingship
Opening considerations: la memoire monarchique
Egypt and the outside world II, c.3300-2500 BC
The evolution of simplicity: Naqada III
Extraordinary bodies and binding truths: early writing in context
Theatres of sacrifice: dynastic constructions of death
Conclusion: subterranean histories of power
Chronological note and tables
References
Index