Experiments in Egyptian Archaeology: Stoneworking Technology in Ancient Egypt / Edition 1

Experiments in Egyptian Archaeology: Stoneworking Technology in Ancient Egypt / Edition 1

by Denys A. Stocks, A. Stocks Denys
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415306647

ISBN-13: 9780415306645

Pub. Date: 09/25/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In this fresh and engaging volume, Denys A. Stocks examines the archaeological and pictorial evidence for masonry in ancient Egypt. Through a series of experiments in which he tests and evaluates over two hundred reconstructed and replica tools, he brings alive the methods and practices of ancient Egyptian craftworking, highlighting the innovations and advances

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In this fresh and engaging volume, Denys A. Stocks examines the archaeological and pictorial evidence for masonry in ancient Egypt. Through a series of experiments in which he tests and evaluates over two hundred reconstructed and replica tools, he brings alive the methods and practices of ancient Egyptian craftworking, highlighting the innovations and advances made by this remarkable civilisation.

This practical approach to understanding the fundamentals of ancient Egyptian stoneworking shows the evolution of tools and techniques, and how these come together to produce the wonders of Egyptian art and architecture.

Comprehensively illustrated with over two hundred photographs and drawings, Experiments in Egyptian Archaeology will bring a fresh perspective to the puzzles of Egyptian craft and technology. By combining the knowledge of a modern engineer with the approach of an archaeologist and historian, Denys Stocks has created a work that will capture the imagination of all Egyptology scholars and enthusiasts

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415306645
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/25/2003
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of tables
List of figures
Foreword
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Predynastic and Dynastic chronology
Map of Egypt
Introduction1
Pt. ISkills and tools: fledgling industrialists5
1Craftworking: industry's driving force7
2The cutting edge25
3A flint for all seasons74
Pt. IIHigh priests of industry: the state's influence on technology101
4The abrasive technologists103
5Making stone vessels139
6The development of stone sarcophagus manufacture169
7Master masonry fitters179
Pt. IIIIndustrial revolution in ancient Egypt201
8Theban mass-production tools203
9By-products from a bygone age225
10Ancient technical interrelationships234
Glossary of technical terms240
Bibliography249
Figure sources256
Index258

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