By Douglas J. Brewer
Ancient Egypt: The Origins will provide a superbly illustrated, easy-to-read textual content masking the formative period of the Egyptian civilization: the age prior to the pyramids.
- The first hugely illustrated publication on Egyptian pre-history for non-specialists
- Contains the entire proof Egypt enthusiasts are desirous to research: Who was once the 1st Pharoah? while did burial grounds turn into Pyramids?
- The tale of Brewer’s personal archaeological expeditions brings the heritage to lifestyles
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Other Nubian monuments were also moved, but some were sacrificed to the rising waters of Lake Nasser. qxd 06/16/2005 02:51PM Page 24 ANCIENT EGYPT: THE ORIGINS the monuments, traditional Egyptologists as well as archaeologists versed in European and North American archaeology came to the Nile Valley to help with the preservation efforts. Perhaps for the first time since Napoleon’s invasion, Egyptologists, archaeologists, prehistorians and natural scientists worked together towards a common goal.
This technique involves noting how artefacts, particularly pottery and stone tools, change through time (Fig. 3). 2 u Stratigraphic sequence showing overlaying units at an excavation of an Early Dynastic Delta site. Note the thin light-coloured layers of ash. Source: Photograph by D. J. Brewer time periods; advances in manufacturing techniques as well as changes in style and artistic decoration often allow these objects to be ordered in a relative sequence. As with excavation, seriation does not give us exact dates for the objects, but it does allow us to deduce where they fall in a sequence from earliest to latest.
Nevertheless, we now know that, as in other parts of the world, Egypt’s prehistoric inhabitants lived a life dominated by hunting, fishing and gathering wild plants. The first Egyptians were probably Homo erectus, followed by the Neanderthals and later Homo sapiens (anatomically modern humans). Archaeologists have found that as early as 20,000 BC a variety of different cultures lived along the Nile and practised a way of life reminiscent of later Egyptian peoples. 6000 BC), a direct sequence of progressively more complex cultures (the Predynastic) led to the coronation of Egypt’s first kings.
Ancient Egypt: Foundations of a Civilization by Douglas J. Brewer