- Paperback: 728 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521120985
- ISBN-13: 978-0521120982
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.5 x 11.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The chapter on wood consists of two sections. The first contains descriptions of some thirty trees: fairly elaborate botanical description, brief characterization of wood type, a few words on the use made of the wood and a listing of archaeological finds. For the anatomical description the reader is referred to a work that (finally) appeared as "Plants in Archaeology". It is obvious that not much research has been done on the wood in Ancient Egyptian objects. The second section deals with the technology (joints) and tools used by the Egyptians: a much more limited topic and one lending itself well to an overview.