Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology

Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology

by Paul T. Nicholson, Ian Shaw
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521120985

ISBN-13: 9780521120982

Pub. Date: 07/28/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is a study of the procurement and processing of raw materials employed by the ancient Egyptians over the five millennia of the Predynastic and Pharaonic periods (c. 5500-332 B.C.). During this time, not only were there variations in the preferred materials for particular types of artefacts, but also gradual processes of technological change. Among the topics…  See more details below

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This is a study of the procurement and processing of raw materials employed by the ancient Egyptians over the five millennia of the Predynastic and Pharaonic periods (c. 5500-332 B.C.). During this time, not only were there variations in the preferred materials for particular types of artefacts, but also gradual processes of technological change. Among the topics covered are stone quarrying, the building of temples and pyramids, techniques for preserving meat, fish, and poultry, the production of glass and faience, the baking of bread, the brewing of beers, the preparation of oils and perfumes, and the mummification of humans and animals. Each chapter has been written by one or more specialists, drawing not only on conventional Egyptological skills but also on expertise in the natural sciences as applied to archaeological data.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521120982
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
728
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 11.70(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of contributors
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
1Introduction1
Pt. IInorganic materials
2Stone5
3Soil (including mud-brick architecture)78
4Painting materials104
5Pottery121
6Metals148
7Egyptian faience177
8Paul T. Nicholson195
Pt. IIOrganic materials
9Papyrus227
10Basketry254
11Textiles268
12Leatherwork and skin products299
13Ivory and related materials320
14Ostrich eggshells332
15Wood334
16Mummification372
17Oil, fat and wax390
18Resins, amber and bitumen430
19Adhesives and binders475
20Hair495
Pt. IIIFood technology
21Cereal production and processing505
22Brewing and baking537
23Viticulture and wine production577
24Fruits, vegetables, pulses and condiments609
25Meat processing656
Index673

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