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Archaeology of Early Egypt: Social Transformations in North-East Africa, c. 10,000 to 2,650 BC (David Wengrow) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2006) 9780521543743
Archaeology of Early Egypt: Social Transformations in North-East Africa, c. 10,000 to 2,650 BC (David Wengrow) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2006) 9780521543743
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Title: Archaeology of Early Egypt: Social Transformations in North-East Africa, c. 10,000 to 2,650 BC

Author: Wengrow, David

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2006

Paperback; ISBN: 9780521543743

Volumes: 1; Pages: 366

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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 B.C.. 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.ContentsIntroduction: the idea of prehistory in the Middle East and North East AfricaPart I. Transformations in Prehistory1. Egypt and the outside world I, c.10,000-3300 B.C.2. Neolithic economy and society3. Domestication and embodiment in the Nile valley4. The urbanisation of the dead: Naqada I-II5. Image, ritual and the construction of identity in late prehistoryPart II. The Making of Kingship6. Opening considerations: la mmoire monarchique7. Egypt and the outside world II, c.3300-2500 B.C.8. The evolution of simplicity: Naqada III9. Extraordinary bodies and binding truths: early writing in context10. Theatres of sacrifice: dynastic constructions of death; Conclusion: subterranean histories of power
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