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on 25 August 2010
The last book on the first two dynasties was by the late prof.W B Emery in the 1960s and this could have been a badly needed update especially as considerable re -excavation has now taken place in the area since prof. Emery's expeditions.

The general area of Abydos is explored in great detail but at the expense of the archaeoligical area. Prof Emery devoted far greater detail to the actual burial areas and tombs and I learned a lot more from these details.

The book quality of the paper, diagrams and photographs are excellent and deserve credit but would like to have seen more detail of the "recycled" tomb that was used as the supposed burial place of Osiris by later generations of ancient Egyptians. What could it have looked like prior to rediscovery and in later use as the official burial place?

Even the binding of the book seemed baffling. The New Kingdom was dealt with in the first chapter, the Middle Kingdom in the second with the Archaic period last. I would have thought that the reverse order more useful.
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