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The Archaeology of Urbanism in Ancient Egypt: From the Predynastic Period to the End of the Middle Kingdom, written by Nadine Moeller

The Archaeology of Urbanism in Ancient Egypt: From the Predynastic Period to the End of the... The Archaeology of Urbanism in Ancient Egypt: From the Predynastic Period to the End of the Middle Kingdom. Cambridge University Press, New York, 2016, 430 pp., isbn 978-1-107-07975-5. £ 74.99 (Hardcover).Despite the archaeological evidence of possible towns recorded in the late 19th century, then scholars considered ancient Egypt a rural society without any urban settlement and excluded the Egyptian evidence from debates about the emergence and spread of cities from prehistory to the present at a global scale. This interpretation mainly depended on the dominant role of philology and art history in Egyptology, and thus the consequent focus of archaeological research on monumental architecture and tombs mirroring the most impressive ideological aspects of the Egyptian culture, such as kingship, religion and art, rather than on the majority of settlements where ordinary people lived.Beginning in the 1970s, archaeological investigations progressively shifted from the excavation of monuments to settlements as a consequence of increased interest with the social evolutionary processes that lead to the emergence, consolidation and development of the ancient Egyptian state. In the mid-1970s, in particular, Austrian excavations at Tell el-Daba in the eastern Nile Delta, where the evidence of a large settlement dated to the Middle and New http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

The Archaeology of Urbanism in Ancient Egypt: From the Predynastic Period to the End of the Middle Kingdom, written by Nadine Moeller

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 15 (1): 2 – Dec 7, 2017

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Brill
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The Archaeology of Urbanism in Ancient Egypt: From the Predynastic Period to the End of the Middle Kingdom. Cambridge University Press, New York, 2016, 430 pp., isbn 978-1-107-07975-5. £ 74.99 (Hardcover).Despite the archaeological evidence of possible towns recorded in the late 19th century, then scholars considered ancient Egypt a rural society without any urban settlement and excluded the Egyptian evidence from debates about the emergence and spread of cities from prehistory to the present at a global scale. This interpretation mainly depended on the dominant role of philology and art history in Egyptology, and thus the consequent focus of archaeological research on monumental architecture and tombs mirroring the most impressive ideological aspects of the Egyptian culture, such as kingship, religion and art, rather than on the majority of settlements where ordinary people lived.Beginning in the 1970s, archaeological investigations progressively shifted from the excavation of monuments to settlements as a consequence of increased interest with the social evolutionary processes that lead to the emergence, consolidation and development of the ancient Egyptian state. In the mid-1970s, in particular, Austrian excavations at Tell el-Daba in the eastern Nile Delta, where the evidence of a large settlement dated to the Middle and New

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Journal of African ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Dec 7, 2017

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