The Encyclopedia of the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt is the first reference work in English ever to present a systematic coverage of the archaeology of this region from the earliest finds of the Palaeolithic period through to the fourth century AD. Over 300 alphabetically arranged entries cover artefacts, biographies, buildings, geographical features, sites, society and techniques and are extensively illustrated with more than 120 images. The material has been compiled by an international team of the most emminent scholars in the field, many of them currently excavating in Egypt. Structure The Encyclopedia opens with a chronology of periods and dynasties which provides a constant point of reference for the material which follows. An introductory essay then focuses on the definition and scope of Egyptian archaeology, providing a general context for the study of archaeological activity in this region. Thirteen historical overviews map the history of archaeology in Egypt (and Nubia) from the Paleolithic to the Roman periods.
The alphabetical entries which form the main body of the text range from highly specific histories of the excavations which have taken place at individual sites to broader subject-based essays on materials, artefacts and cultural practices. The aim, throughout, has been to incorporate both the latest theoretical debates in archaeology and the most recent data from the field. Each entry is followed by a focused bibliography to direct the student to primary records and secondary literature, with foreign language sources included to supplement the available works in English. Cross-referencing and an extensive index are also provided, while the numerous illustrations include plans, maps, drawings of artefacts and black and white photographs. Readership This work is an essential English-language reference on the archaeology of ancient Egypt for readers at a variety of levels - from undergraduates, postgraduate students and Egyptologists to informed general readers. Art history scholars and museums will also find this Encyclopedia to be an invaluable resource. Key Features This is the first work in the English language which systematically covers the archaeology of ancient Egypt.
The prestigious team of authors includes practising archaeologists as well as leading academics in the field. The wide variety of entries includes sites, figures, peoples, artefacts, techniques and ancient cultures. include: Elvira d'Amicone Museum of Ancient Egypt, Turin; Rosalie David Manchester Museum, UK; Gunter Dreyer Germany Archaeological Institute, Cairo; Renee Friedman