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Science in the study of ancient Egypt

Zakrzewski, Sonia R., Rowland, Joanne and Shortland, Andrew (2016) Science in the study of ancient Egypt, USA, Routledge, 410pp. (Routledge Series in Egyptology, 3).

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Abstract

Egyptology has been dominated by the large quantity of written and pictorial material available. This amazing archaeology has opened up a wonderful view of the ancient Egyptian world. The importance of hieroglyphics and texts, and their interpretation, has led to other areas of archaeology playing much less prominence in the study of Egypt. Perhaps most notable in this is relative lack of the application of analytical science to answer Egyptian questions. This problem has been compounded by difficulties in accessing the material itself. In recent years, however, new research by a range of international groups has overturned this historic pattern, and science is now being incorporated into studies of the history and archaeology of Egypt.

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.

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Published date: 2016
Organisations: Archaeology

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Local EPrints ID: 158523
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/158523
PURE UUID: a2f127f9-823a-4739-a939-3ab50f09be7c

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Date deposited: 29 Jun 2010 15:21
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:38

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Author: Joanne Rowland
Author: Andrew Shortland

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