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Protodynastic Egypt (Shire Egyptology) [Paperback]

Barbara Adams , Krzysztof Cialowicz
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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Shire Publications Ltd (1 Oct 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747803579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747803577
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 14.7 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,138,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fascination with ancient Egypt has often been cyclic in nature. Whilst the temples and tombs of the pharaohs are a perpetual lure, interest in the beginning of the country's civilisation has been revitalised by excavations since the 1970s, not only in the Predynastic cemeteries of traditional exploration in Upper Egypt, but also in their associated settlements and in hitherto unexplored parts of the Nile delta. This book is a synthesis of interpretations of the ceremonial treasures of Protodynastic/Early Dynastic transition and the information derived from new and old fieldwork.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 6 Mar 2007
By Mrs. A. M. Chadwick VINE VOICE
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I have been to Egypt, the first time was in 1993, and I made my mind up that I'd like to study Egyptology.

Although in my second year of studying Egyptology, during my first year this was one of my study books.

It's an excellent book for discovering the beginning of Ancient Egypt's history and the origins of its first civilisation. How they changed from being a nomadic population to building their first settlements. Has some good photographs and drawing included within the book.

It makes an excellent edition to my little Egyptian library, which now stands at nearly 1000 books on this subject. :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars great intro to a lesser-known Egyptian historical period 14 Jun 2000
By Francesca Jourdan - Published on Amazon.com
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Written by two of the leading experts in the field of early Ancient Egyptian history and prehistory, this book surveys the current theories surrounding the state formation process. It details the major sites which have been excavated and are under investigation, as well as the theorised contact with the inhabitants of the Western Desert and the Near East. It is a typical well written excellent little Shire book, with much compact information and many illustrations. All in all, it is an excellent source of information about Protodynastic Egypt for scholars and interested laypeople.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Up-to-Date review 18 Dec 2012
By Darrell Davisson - Published on Amazon.com
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Adams' and Cialowicz' book is most enlightening for a non-Egyptologist such as myself. I was surprised by the length, only 72 pages including an index and bibliography, but well illustrated with photos and diagrams the details of which make one want to search further. I would like, however, to make a small case for historians of art who on one page are dismissed, although I would agree generally not without good reason. But a few things stood out for me as an art historian: (1) the figures 18j & 18k hardly seem like bull's heads as described but rather elephants with emphatic trunks and slightly less obvious tusks, certainly not horns. If the latest information points too a South to North (Upper to Lower) Egyptian unification under Narmer, the early appearance of a Southern kingdom or proto-state at Elephantine and Abydos would suggest the African connections and probable origins of the ancient Egyptian culture. Such a suggestion also weaves this book's theme with the recent publications by Brophy, The Origin Map; Bauval & Brophy, Black Genesis; and Schoch, Forgotten Civilization dovetailing with the South to North cultural and political influence. Item (2) the "pottery jug" Fig. 34 is probably a water jug meant to be hung by a thin rope at the sides enabling the pot to float in the hot desert air, sweat, and cool its contents(water, beer?) as also found in the Minoan Octopus vase and others; Item (3) those vases absent a flat "foot" to stand on as in Fig. 14 were probably buried partly in the floor of temples, palaces, and houses, and similarly found all over the ancient Mediterannean (espec. Minoan). Even the discoloration of the vases of Fig. 14 would suggest that, as a means of keeping a liquid cool in a desert environment. There must be some archeological evidence for the latter; (4) finally, once there is a "state," or "principality," or territory with a center, it has a locus, a place. As an art historian I would be inclined to date monuments that show ground lines beneath figures as one chronological step in advance over those without groundlines which otherwise would be dated earlier. My only serious criticism is that not enough specific dates are given even though they are in some cases now known thanks to new dating technologies mentioned. The reader must instead depend on the authors' authority. Otherwise, I found it a fascinating read.
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