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The Desert Fayum Reinvestigated
The Early to Mid-Holocene Landscape Archaeology of the Fayum North Shore, Egypt

Edited by Simon J. Holdaway and Willeke Wendrich

The Desert Fayum Reinvestigated
Hardback, 282 pages £75.00
Published: 2017
ISBN: 9781938770098
Format: 278mm x 215mm
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Subjects: Archaeology, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, Cultural and Social Studies, Egyptology
Series: Monumenta Archaeologica

The Neolithic in Egypt is thought to have arrived via diffusion from an origin in southwest Asia. In this volume, the authors advocate an alternative approach to understanding the development of food production in Egypt based on the results of new fieldwork in the Fayum. They present a detailed study of the Fayum archaeological landscape using an expanded version of low-level food production to organize observations concerning paleoenvironment, socioeconomy, settlement, and mobility.

While domestic plants and animals were indeed introduced to the Fayum from elsewhere, when a number of aspects of the archaeological record are compared, a settlement system is suggested that has no obvious analogues with the Neolithic in southwest Asia. The results obtained from the Fayum are used to assess other contemporary sites in Egypt.

1: Landscape Archaeology of the Desert Fayum by Willeke Wendrich and Simon J. Holdaway
2: The Fayum in the Context of Northeast Africa by Rebecca S. Phillipps, Simon J. Holdaway, and Willeke Wendrich
3: Approaches to Paleoenvironment and Landscape Use by Rebecca S. Phillipps, Simon J. Holdaway, Rebecca Ramsay, Willeke Wendrich, and Joshua Emmitt
4: The L Basin Archaeological Record by Simon J. Holdaway, Rebecca S. Phillipps, Annelies Koopman, Veerle Linseele, and Willeke Wendrich
5: The K Basin Archaeological Record by Willeke Wendrich, Simon J. Holdaway, Rebecca Phillipps, and Joshua Emmitt
6: Kom K by Willeke Wendrich, Rebecca Phillipps, Simon J. Holdaway, Veerle Linseele, Joshua J. Emmitt, and John M. Marston
7: The Desert Fayum Reinvestigated: the Evidence Considered by Simon J. Holdaway, Willeke Wendrich, and Rebecca S. Phillipps
8: The Desert Fayum Reinvestigated: the Fayum in Context by Simon J. Holdaway, Rebecca S. Phillipps, and Willeke Wendrich


'A landmark publication for Egyptian prehistory and for the general understanding of cultural and environmental change in North Africa and the Meditterranean.'

David Wengrove, Professor of Comparative Archaeology, UCL Institute of Archaeology, USA

'This book results from a remarkable international collaboration that brings together archaeological and geoarchaeological data to provide a new landscape understanding of the early to mid-Holocene in the Desert Fayum.  The results are of great significance, demonstrating a distinct regional character to the adoption of farming and substantiating the wider evidence for a polycentric development of the Neolithic in the Middle East.  This is interdisciplinary archaeology at its best.'

Ian Hodder, Dunlevie Family Professor, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University, USA

Simon J. Holdaway is a professor of archaeology and the head of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He holds honorary chairs at Macquarie University, the University of Queensland (Australia), and the University of York (United Kingdom). Willeke Wendrich holds the Joan Silsbee Chair in African Cultural Archaeology and is a professor of Egyptian archaeology and digital humanities in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Publication Details:

 Hardback , 282 pages
 278mm x 215mm

BIC Code:
 1HBE, 3B, HD
 Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press


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