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Old Kingdom, New Perspectives (Hardback)

Egyptian Art and Archaeology 2750-2150 BC

Ancient History > Ancient Egypt & Egyptology > Ancient Egyptian Archaeology

Imprint: Oxbow Books
Pages: 344
Illustrations: b/w & col illus
ISBN: 9781842174302
Published: 15th May 2011
Casemate UK Academic

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Recent research on all aspects of the Old Kingdom in Egypt is  presented in this volume, ranging through the Pyramid Texts, tomb  architecture, ceramics, scene choice and layout, field reports,  cemetery layout, tomb and temple statuary. The contributions also  show how Egyptology is not stuck in its venerable traditions but  that newer forms of technology are being used to great effect by  Egyptologists. For example, two papers show how GIS technology  can shed light on cemetery arrangement and how 3D scanners can be  employed in the process of producing facsimile drawings of  reliefs and inscriptions.

 

The authors cover a wide range of sites and monuments. A large  part of the work presented deals with material from the great  cemeteries of Saqqara and Giza of the Old Kingdom capital city of  Memphis but all the smaller sites are discussed. The book also  includes a paper on the architecture of mastabas from the  lesser-known site of Abu Roasch. The provinces are by no means  overlooked, with articles on material from Deir el-Bersha,  el-Sheikh Said and Akhmim. Between them, the authors discuss  material from the milieu of the king right down to that which  concerned the tomb workmen and those who supplied their basic  needs, such as bakers, brewers and potters. Containing papers  presented at a conference at the Fitzwilliam Museum,  Cambridge  in May 2009, this book continues a series of publications of the  latest research presented at previous meetings in Paris, Berlin  and Prague. Much new material is published here and the papers  are fully illustrated, with over 200 photographs and drawings.

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