"This book should be essential reading for any African archaeologist or historian—or indeed any archaeologist whatever their persuasion—and will undoubtedly provoke, as the volume editors have suggested, renewed archaeological interest in the problem of relating Egypt more directly to its African context." - Niall Finneran, African Archaeological Review
"Ancient Egypt in Africa presents twelve probing essays addressing aspects of the question, "To what extent can ancient Egyptian civilization be characterized as ‘African’?”…O’Connor and Reid’s introduction provides a fascinating overview of how current ideas about ancient Egypt and Africa have been shaped and distorted by modern ethnic, cultural, and religious bias…the essays document the conflicting and changing views of ancient Egypt within Africa, and examine recent archaeological work in Africa that renders irrelevant race-based theory, creates a more sophisticated view of ancient African cultural diversity, and offers commonsense directions for future research…should be required reading for all serious students of Egyptology, Africana, and African Studies." - Timothy Kendall, African Studies Review
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This book considers the evidence for actual contacts between Egypt and other early African cultures, and how influential, or not, Egypt was on them.