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Landscape Archaeology of the Western Nile Delta

By Joshua R. Trampier

Landscape Archaeology of the Western Nile Delta
Hardback, 277 pages £61.00
Published: 2014
ISBN: 9781937040178
Format: 279mm x 216mm
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Different ideas of what constitutes an archaeological site have developed over two centuries of scholarship and heritage law in Egypt, with sites often (unconsciously) conceived as lands with museum-quality pieces and striking monumental, mortuary, and/or epigraphic remains. As a result, the material record of the powerful dominates Egyptological discourse, leaving hundreds of unexplored sites in the Delta floodplain and their potential contributions to a narrative of Egyptian culture largely ignored.



Attempting to correct this, the author integrates historical maps, remote sensing data, and ancient texts to understand the dynamic landscape of the western Nile Delta. Weaving together new archaeological survey, Corona satellite images, and a targeted program of drill coring, this volume offers a palimpsest of settlement and paleoenvironment from the New Kingdom to Late Roman era. In the face of forces undermining many sites' integrity, this study adapts techniques in landscape archaeology to an Egyptian context, anticipating triage and salvage in the decades to come.







Acknowledgments

List of Figures

List of Tables

Abbreviations

Introductions



Chapter 1: Regional Survey, the Nile Delta Floodplain, and the Archaeological Site in Egypt

A Review of Mapping Egyptian Archaeological Sites -- From Holes in the Ground to Lines in the Sand

Sites before Sites

Service des Antiquités, Egyptology, and Sites as Artifacts

A New Level of Detail

From AOI to Kom to Cultural Landscape

Conclusion



Chapter 2: Prior Research within the Cultural and Natural Landscape of the Western Delta

Prior Archaeological Research on Historical Settlement in the Southwestern Nile Delta

   The Naukratis Project Survey

   Kom el-Hisn

   Kom Firin

   Silvagou

   Kom Dahab

   Other Koms in the Southwestern Delta

Summary

Hydrology of the Southwestern Delta

   Geological Sources on Western Delta Hydrology

   Historical Sources on Western Delta Hydrology

Geomorphology

   Diagnostic Features of Sedimentary Analysis

   Previous Geological and Geomorphological Research

Conclusions



Chapter 3: Methodology for Investigating the Cultural and Natural Landscape of the Western Delta

Preliminary Research with Historical Cartography and Remote Sensing Data

   Historical Cartography

   Remote Sensing

   Cultural Inventory

   Methods

   Results

Detailed Fieldwork and Study Season

   Surface Topography

   Surface Collection

   Drill Coring

   Shred Analysis

Final Assimilation of Results

   Density Maps and Period Index

   Geomorphology, Hydrology, kom, and Site

Moving Forward



Chapter 4: Presentation and Spatial Analysis of Detailed Fieldwork

Kom el-Abqa'in (KABQ)

   General Remarks

   Topographic Data

   Surface Collection Data

   Geomorphological Data

   Summary

Kom el-Ghuzz (KGHZ) - Kom el-Shimuli (KSHM) - Kom Hamrit (KHMR)

   General Remarks

   Topographic Data

   Surface Collection Data

   Kom el-Ghuzz

   Kom el-Shimuli

   Kom Hamrit

   Distribution

   Geomorphological Data

   Summary

Kom Abu el-Tubul (KATU) - Kom Sheikh Said Ahmed  (KSSA) - Kom Abu Ali (KABA)

   General Remarks

   Topographic Data

   Surface Collection Data

   Kom Abu Ali

   Kom Abu el-Tubul

   Kom Sheikh Said Ahmed

   Distribution

   Geomorphological Data

   Summary

Kom Qamha (QMHA) - Kom el-Barud (KBAR)

   General Remarks

   Topographic Data

   Surface Collection Data

   Kom Qamha

   Kom el-Barud

   Distribution

   Geomorphological Data

   Summary

Kom el-Hisn (KHSN)

   General Remarks

   Geomorphological Data

Conclusion



Chapter 5: Concluding Remarks

The Southwestern Delta

   New Kingdom and Third Intermediate Period

   Late Dynastic

   Ptolemaic

   Roman

A Dynamic Western Delta Landscape

Regional Survey in the Nile Floodplain

The Nile Floodplain: Future Prospects



Appendix 1: List of koms and archaeological lands

Appendix 2: AOIs visited during the Fall 2007 cultural inventory

Appendix 3: List of collection units (CUs) identified by CUID

Appendix 4: Sums of period indices for each CU

Appendix 5: Sums of period indices for all AOIs



Bibliography

Subject Index


 



The field work conducted by the author is methodologically exemplary, providing a benchmark for future survey work in the Nile floodplain. In doing so, numerous new questions, methodological and historical, are raised, which is likewise beneficial for scholarship. Robert Schiestl, Journal of Near Eastern Studies



Joshua R. Trampier received his Ph.D. in Egyptian Archaeology and Egyptology from the University of Chicago in 2010. He has worked in archaeology for fourteen years and in Egypt for over a decade.




Publication Details:


Binding:
 Hardback , 277 pages
ISBN:
 9781937040178
Format:
 279mm x 216mm

BIC Code:
 HDDG, HDL
BISAC Code:
  HIS002030, SOC003000
Imprint:
 Lockwood Press


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