An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt

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An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt is a comprehensive overview of Egyptian archaeology skillfully organized to guide the reader from Egypt’s prehistoric past through the pharaonic dynasties and the Greco-Roman Period.


  • Provides an unprecedented introduction to the archaeology of ancient Egypt and its culture, monuments, and civilization
  • Beautifully illustrated with over 120 color and black and white illustrations, including artifacts, maps, and site and building plans
  • Includes special sections on such topics of perennial interest as building the pyramids at Giza, mummification, and deciphering hieroglyphs
  • Organized into 11 chapters, covering: the history of Egyptology and Egyptian archaeology; prehistoric and pharaonic chronology and the ancient Egyptian language; geography, resources, and environment; and seven chapters organized chronologically and devoted to specific archaeological sites and evidence
  • Includes discussion of new excavations in Egypt, connecting recent work with the results of projects spanning the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries

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Tutankhamen, looted pyramids, the Valley of the Kings; few civilizations excite the imagination like that of ancient Egypt. Yet, to date, there has been no comprehensive introduction to Egyptian archaeology. From its prehistoric past through the pharaonic dynasties and Greco-Roman period, this skillfully organized book guides the reader through a chronological overview of Egyptrsquo;s dynamic history, revealed within the context of archaeological evidence. Connecting the findings from recent excavations with the discoveries of the late 19th and 20th centuries, this text examines the evidence and preservation of Egyptrsquo;s complex society, including its geography, language, architecture, and culture, as well as the changes to the civilization as marked by archaeological evidence. Enriched by nearly 200 illustrations, maps, site and building plans, and photographs, this text provides specific information from onsite excavations. Methods of field work and analyses are discussed to provide a thorough understanding of how archaeologists and Egyptologists have acquired their information, and how these methods of investigation have evolved over their more than 100 years of research.

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Tutankhamen. Looted pyramids of ancient kings. The Valley of the Kings. Few civilizations excite the imagination like that of ancient Egypt. Yet, to date, there has been no comprehensive introduction to Egyptian archaeology.

This skillfully organized book guides the reader from Egypt’s prehistoric past through the pharaonic dynasties and the Greco-Roman Period by providing an overview of ancient Egyptian culture, its monuments, and civilization. The text is enriched by more than 120 color and black and white illustrations, including artifacts, maps, and site and building plans. This captivating book also includes special sections on such topics of perennial interest as building the pyramids at Giza, mummification, and deciphering hieroglyphs.

Covering Egyptian chronology, language, geography, specific archaeological sites, and the history of Egyptology, An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt is an invaluable resource to students and interested lay people alike.


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