Kom el-Hisn (ca. 2500 - 1900 BC)
An Ancient Settlement in the Nile Delta
Edited by Robert J. Wenke, Richard W. Redding and Anthony J. Cagle
This volume presents the findings of three seasons of excavation in the 1980s at Kom el-Hisn 'the mound of the fortress,' in the northwest Nile Delta. This provincial community was often in the orbit of Memphis, the capital and administrative center of Egypt's Old Kingdom Period. Small areas of occupations of the 1st Intermediate and early Middle Kingdom periods were also excavated. One of the goals of the excavations was to complement and compare the substantial ancient textual record of this era with Kom el-Hisn's archaeological record because such evidence is sparse for Lower Egypt between about 2500 and 1800 BC. The findings presented here reveal the complexity of small Old Kingdom settlements in the context of the Memphite state organization and shed light on the changing relationships of this administrative centre with its provincial communities. Kom el-Hisn's faunal, floral, lithic and architectural remains are presented and discussed in detail, as are some theoretical and methodological issues relevant to this research.
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1 Robert J. Wenke: Methods and Objectives of the Kom el-Hisn Archaeological Project
2 Paul E. Buck: Site Geomorphology and Regional Fluvial Reconstruction and History
3 Anthony J. Cagle: Stratigraphic Analysis
4 Karla Kroeper: Inscribed Seals and Sealings
5 Richard W. Redding: The Vertebrate Fauna from the Excavations at Kom el-Hisn, Giza, and Other Sites
6 Wilma Wetterstrom and Robert J. Wenke: Kom el-Hisn's Plant Remains
7 Robert J. Wenke: Introduction to the Analysis of the Kom el-Hisn Ceramics
8 Karla Kroeper: A Selection of Ceramic Types Found at Kom el-Hisn
9 Anna Wodzinska: Notes on the Kom el-Hisn Ceramics
10 Sarah L. Sterling: Analyses of Dimensional Variations in Meidum Bowls from Kom el-Hisn and Other Sites
11 Michal Kobusiewicz: Chipped and Ground Stone Assemblages from Kom el-Hisn
12 Anthony J. Cagle: Human Burials at Kom el-Hisn: Chronology and Context
13 Robert J. Wenke: Summary and Conclusions
Appendix 1. Floral Remains from the 1988 Season. Identifications by C. D'Andrea
Appendix 2. Measurements taken on individual sherds discussed in Chapter 11, identified by location and dynastic attribution; site and dynasty
Appendix 3. Drawings of representative ceramics arranged by vessel form
Robert J. Wenke is a research associate at the Kelsey Museum of Classical Archaeology, the University of Michigan, and was previously a member of the Anthropology faculty at the University of Washington. Books include The Ancient Egyptian State: The Origins of Egyptian Culture (c. 8000-2000 BC) (Cambridge, 2009).
Richard Redding is a research scientist at the Kelsey Museum, University of Michigan, and a principle investigator in Archaeological Projects in North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
Anthony J. Cagleis an adjunct professor in the School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle.