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Written by some of the world's leading experts, Egyptian Archaeology employs a uniquely archaeological approach to explore ancient Egypt. Drawing on original research and excavations to both synthesize and challenge existing scholarship, this book dispels notions of Egyptian culture as unchanging, monolithic, and uniform. Each author explicates current understandings of the cultural and historical processes of ancient Egypt, illustrating that practical research is a vital and fascinating component of any theory-based discussion about the ancient world.

By examining fundamental issues and important temporal, regional, and social developments through a global lens, Egyptian Archaeology brings existing debates vigorously up-to-date, while challenging students to think about their own interpretations, expectations, and attitudes towards ancient and modern Egypt. Engaging and progressive, this fully illustrated volume provides an insightful investigation into the world of ancient Egyptian archaeology and culture.

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“In conclusion, the uninitiated will have a tough read with this ‘quick’ access to Egyptology, and Egyptologists will have difficulty critically evaluating the various proposed developments. Therefore, it seems this book should serve as a very brief insight into certain themes for already initiated experts, and for that, it provides excellent points of departure indeed.” (Bibliotheca Orientalis, 1 September 2014)

“Willeke Wendrich’s edited volume, Egyptian archaeology, is perhaps the most ambitious of the three on offer here in terms of its scope and I would strongly recommend it.” (Antiquity, 1 January 2013)

"Recommended. All academic levels/libraries." (Choice , 1 April 2011)

Review copy sent 05/04/11: Faculty of Philosophy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405149884
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/8/2010
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology Series, #12
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 666,418
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Willeke Wendrich is Associate Professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of a range of books, reports and articles, including: Who is Afraid of Basketry (1992), The World According to Basketry (1999), Berenike Reports (from 1995-2007, co-edited with Steven Sidebotham) and The Archaeology of Mobility (2007, co-editor with Hans Barnard) and editor-in-chief of the online UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology (2008).
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures vii

Notes on Contributors ix

Series Editors' Preface xiii

Note on Transliteration and Transcription xiv

1 Egyptian Archaeology: From Text to Context Willeke Wendrich 1

2 Worship without Writing Stan Hendrickx Dirk Huyge Willeke Wendrich 15

3 Theories of State Formation E. Christiana Köhler 36

4 Kingship and Legitimation Janet Richards 55

5 Villages and the Old Kingdom Mark Lehner 85

6 Regionality, Cultural and Cultic Landscapes David Jeffreys 102

7 Tradition and Innovation: The Middle Kingdom Josef Wegner 119

8 Foreigners in Egypt: Archaeological Evidence and Cultural Context Thomas Schneider 143

9 Gender in Ancient Egypt T. G. Wilfong 164

10 Class and Society: Position and Possessions Wolfram Grajetzki 180

11 Identity and Personhood Willeke Wendrich 200

12 Changes in the Afterlife John H. Taylor 220

13 Consolidation, Innovation, and Renaissance Penelope Wilson 241

14 Egypt in the Memory of the World Fekri A. Hassan 259

15 Epilogue: Eternal Egypt Deconstructed Willeke Wendrich 274

Index 279

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