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The Prehistory of Egypt: From the First Egyptians to the First Pharaohs

ISBN: 978-0-631-21787-9
348 pages
February 2000, ©2000, Wiley-Blackwell
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This books covers the history of the Nile Valley from Nubia to the Mediterranean, during the period from the earliest hominid settlement, around 700,000 BC to the beginnings of dynastic Egypt at the end of the fourth millennium BC.
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Translator's Note.



Part I: The Land of Egypt:.

Part II: The Palaeolithic Period:.

Part III: The Neolithic Period:.

Part IV: The Approach to the Pharaonic Period (Fourth Millennium BC):.






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The author, B& #233;atrix Midant-Reynes, is Head of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Toulouse (Centre d'Anthropologie, Universit& #233; Paul Sabatier). She is also editor of Arch& #233;onil (a journal dedicated to the study of prehistoric Egypt and Nubia) and Director of the excavations at the Predynastic site of Ada& #239;ma (on behalf of IFAO). In 1986 she was Humbolt Stipendiatin in Staatliche Sammlung & #193;gyptischer Kunst' in Munich.

The translator, Ian Shaw, is lecturer in Egyptian archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He is the author of Ancient Egyptian Warfare and Weapons (1991), co-author of The British Museum Dictionary of Ancient Egypt (with Nicholson, 1995) and co-editor of The Dictionary of Archaeology (with Jameson: Blackwell, 1998) and Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology (with Nicholson, 1999). He also translated Nicolas Grimal's A History of Ancient Egypt (Blackwell, 1992).
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  • Provides an accessible narrative history of Egypt from earliest human settlement to the time of the first pharoahs.

  • Explores prehistoric foundations of many traditions evident in Ancient Egypt.

  • Includes chronology, glossary, bibiliography and numerous illustrations - ideal for student use.
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"Egyptologists frequently have little understanding of the prehistoric past, especially the paleolithic periods, and it is commendable that Midant-Reynes has included this overview." International Journal of African Historical Studies <!--end-->

"... integrate[s] the prehistory of Egypt and Nubia through into the (Egyptian) Unification period, thus investigating the entire united Nile region and its flanking deserts in a logical but rarely encountered attempt to develop a cohesive picture ... In this the book succeeds admirably." Journal of African History

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