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Egyptian Archaeology [Hardcover]

Willeke Wendrich
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February 22, 2010 1405149876 978-1405149877 1
Egyptian Archaeology explores ancient Egypt using a uniquely archaeological approach, drawing on original research to both synthesize and challenge existing scholarship.
  • Written by leading Egyptologists, based on original research and fieldwork
  • Illustrates how practical research is a vital component of any theory-based discussion about the ancient world
  • Examines the cultural and historical processes of ancient Egypt from a global perspective
  • Visually engaging with over 80 illustrations
  • Chapters explore fundamental issues and themes, but focus on specific periods and key archaeological sites

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“Willeke Wendrich’s edited volume, Egyptian archaeology, is perhaps the most ambitious of the three on offer here in terms of its scope and I would strongly recommend  it.”  (Antiquity, 1 January 2013)

"Recommended. All academic levels/libraries." (Choice , 1 April 2011)

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Written by some of the world’s leading experts, Egyptian Archaeology employs a uniquely archaeological approach to explore ancient Egypt. Drawing on original research and excavations to both synthesize and challenge existing scholarship, this book dispels traditional notions of Egyptian culture as monolithic. Each author explicates current understandings of the cultural and historical processes of ancient Egypt, illustrating that practical research is a vital and fascinating component of any theory-based discussion about the ancient world.

By examining fundamental issues and important temporal, regional, and social developments through a global lens, Egyptian Archaeology brings existing debates vigorously up-to-date, while challenging students to think about their own interpretations, expectations, and attitudes towards ancient and modern Egypt. Engaging and progressive, this fully illustrated volume provides an insightful investigation into the world of ancient Egyptian archaeology and culture.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (February 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405149876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405149877
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,389,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A basic book on Egyptian archaeology April 26, 2010
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Interesting enough, archaeology is not considered by students as one of their favorite subjects. They have in mind pottery, field excavations, geometrical instruments, after all something not as much as spectacular as other sciences related to history. There are only a couple of books with such a subject from Egyptological point of view. One which call attention is the "Egyptian Archaeology", edited by Prof. W. Wendrich from the University of California. Through 15 chapters, high qualified scientists, tried and succeeded to convince us about the usefulness of the archeological researches to reconstruct the Ancient Egyptian mode of life. "Egyptian Archaeology" is a book that should be read. For the beginner, it offers an easy point of entry into the vast world of the Ancient Egyptian archaeology. It provides quick access to a wealth of information about some of the more important subjects related to this topic. The helpful bibliographies, numerous plans and photographs, and affordable price made a worthy book even more appealing. It can be of great value for students, archaeology professors, archaeologists, museum staff, archaeology volunteers, and general readers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful, compelling study of Egyptian archaeology May 8, 2014
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I've bought a number of books from Blackwell's "Studies In Global Archaeology" series, and this is one of my favorites. Like other books in the series, its intention is not to give a fully descriptive account of Egyptian archaeology from start to finish, replete with examples of each variety of ceramic vessel and burial type, etc. Instead, this book aims to weave together many of the major (and some of the minor) threads of archaeology in Egypt today. It accomplishes this through a substantive set of chapters written by professionals working in the field, each one focusing on a different theme.

In this vein, this book (and others in the series) can serve as anything from an introductory text to a reference book for an advanced class in archaeology - either way, it will easily become the centerpiece for stimulating discussions in archaeological circles. You won't come away from this book being able to identify obelisks by style and time period - but you will be able to have a competent, compelling conversation about the intricacies of studying the Egyptian past.
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