Science in the study of ancient Egypt

Zakrzewski, Sonia R., Rowland, Joanne and Shortland, Andrew (2010) Science in the study of ancient Egypt, , USA, Routledge, 400pp. (Routledge Studies in Egyptology).


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There is a notable lack of archaeological science used in Egyptology and Egyptian archaeology today. The reasons behind this are twofold: first, the discipline started with the early translation of Hieroglyphs which, combined with the large amount of written and pictorial material available, has long overshadowed the study of the material culture, including archaeology. Second are the practical and bureaucratic challenges to be found in obtaining access to material. In the light of these challenges, the lack of application of archaeological science in Egypt is hardly surprising.

Science in the Study of Ancient Egypt demonstrates how to integrate scientific methodologies into Egyptology broadly, and in Egyptian archaeology in particular, in order to maximise the amount of information that might be obtained within a study of ancient Egypt, be it field, museum, or laboratory-based. The authors illustrate the inclusive but varied nature of the scientific archaeology being undertaken, revealing that it all falls under the aegis of Egyptology, and demonstrating its potential for the elucidation of problems within traditional Egyptology.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Archaeology
ePrint ID: 158523
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
2015In press
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2010 15:21
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:27
Ancient Egyptian Identity
Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AH/H00470X/1)
Led by: Sonia Zakrzewski
1 February 2010 to 31 May 2010

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