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 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.
New Titles List
Simon J. Holdaway
- The Archaeology of Grotta Scaloria - Ritual in Neolithic Southeast Italy
- The Archaeology of Solvieux - An Upper Paleolithic Open Air Site in France
- A Bronze Age Landscape in the Russian Steppes - The Samara Valley Project
- Chinese Archaeological Abstracts, 2 - Prehistoric to Western Zhou
- The Desert Fayum Reinvestigated - The Early to Mid-Holocene Landscape Archaeology of the Fayum North Shore, Egypt
- Early Athens - Settlements and Cemeteries in the Submycenaean, Geometric and Archaic Periods
- The Early Iron Age Cemetery at Torone
- The Excavation of the Prehistoric Burial Tumulus at Lofkend, Albania
- Formative Lifeways in Central Tlaxcala, Volume 1 - Excavations, Ceramics, and Chronology
- The History and Archaeology of Jaffa 1
- The History and Archaeology of Jaffa 2
- K'axob - Ritual, Work, and Family in an Ancient Maya Village
- Last House on the Hill - BACH Area Reports from Catalhoyuk, Turkey
- Light and Shadow - Isolation and Interaction in the Shala Valley of Northern Albania
- New Insights into the Iron Age Archaeology of Edom, Southern Jordan
- The Plain of Phaistos - Cycles of Social Complexity in the Mesara Region of Crete
- Prehistoric Sitagroi - Excavations in Northeast Greece, 1968-1970. Volume 2: The Final Report.
- Rural Archaeology in Early Urban Northern Mesopotamia - Excavations at Tell al-Raqa'i
- The Sydney Cyprus Survey Project - Social Approaches to Regional Archaeological Survey
- Tangatatau Rockshelter - The Evolution of an Eastern Polynesian Socio-Ecosystem