The Oxford Handbook of Egyptology
Edited by Ian Shaw and Elizabeth Bloxam
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This multi-author collection of seventy-one essays presents an up-to-date survey of the study of ancient Egypt, from the earliest evidence of Paleolithic occupation of the Nile Valley in the Pleistocene through to the end of the Roman period. It begins with discussions concerning the nature and history of Egyptology, followed by several covering the landscape and natural environment of the Nile Valley and surrounding deserts. Essays on field methodology show how far the subject has advanced since the pioneering work of such individuals as Flinders Petrie and George Reisner in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A section on material culture covers all aspects of life and death in Egypt, from the smallest cosmetic items through to statuary and architecture. A series of important summaries of Egypt’s geographical neighbours in Africa, the Near East and the East Mediterranean help to place the changing dynamics of Egyptian culture in the broadest possible context. There is also a sequence of papers succinctly covering the different key phases in Egyptian cultural, social and political development from prehistory through to the Roman period. Further chapters deal with many detailed aspects of daily life, society, religion, textual sources and museology, and the final section examines key aspects of the current practice of Egyptology in the 21st century, including web resources and cutting-edge case-studies in cultural heritage.
- Oxford University Press
- Published online:
- Jun 2015