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By Ian Shaw

The traditional Egyptians are an everlasting resource of fascination--mummies and pyramids, curses and rituals have captured our imaginations for generations. all of us have a psychological photo of historical Egypt, yet is it the proper one? How a lot will we quite learn about this as soon as nice civilization?

In this soaking up creation, Ian Shaw, one of many premiere professionals on historical Egypt, describes how our present rules approximately Egypt are established not just at the exciting discoveries made via early Egyptologists but in addition on attention-grabbing new varieties of proof produced by means of smooth medical and linguistic analyses. He additionally explores the altering impacts on our responses to those unearths, through interpreting the influence of Egyptology on a number of facets of pop culture akin to literature, cinema, opera, and modern paintings. He considers all elements of historical Egyptian tradition, from tombs and mummies to the invention of artifacts and the decipherment of hieroglyphs, and from despotic pharaohs to animal-headed gods. From the final reader attracted to old Egypt, to scholars and lecturers of historic heritage and archaeology, to museum-goers, this Very brief creation won't disappoint.

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3] Though favoring an Asiatic origin for this culture, Dr. Baumgartel (Cultures, p. 44) follows Petrie in believing that it entered Egypt via the Koptos road from the Red Sea and later spread northward from Nekadeh into Lower Egypt. In the pages to follow we shall adhere to the simpler and more generally accepted thesis that its expansion was in the opposite direction, that is, in a direct line through the Delta-and southward into Upper Egypt. 7. 4 The graves in the northern cemeteries are oval or rectangular, their walls revetted with matting, wood, and, later, with mud brick.

In view of the very important part played by glaze, faience, and glass in all later 6. The Predynastic Culture o£ Upper Egypt periods of Egyptian art, the interest of this earliest appearance of an artificially produced The culture which in Upper Egypt and Nubia vitreous substance can hardly be exaggerated. Its developed out of the Badarian civilization, al¬ discovery probably resulted from the accidental though displaying no very great material adFIGURE 7. Predynastic black and black-topped 6.

H. 814- northern Predynastic culture. This class is com¬ 11 14 in. posed of jars of buff, gray, or pale pink pottery covered with elaborate red line decoration of a First and Second Dynasties. The degeneration of type distinct from that of the white-on-red decothe form is very clear in this class of jar and may rated jars of the southern culture. Nile scenes be followed step by step from the Middle Pre- with great many-oared ships (complete with dynastic period down into historic times. For this “cabins” and “house flags”5), rows of hills, antereason the wavy-handled class has formed the lopes, ibexes, flamingos, human figures, aloe basis of a system of relative, or “sequence,” dat- trees, and decorative patterns composed of wavy ing for Predynastic finds, which was devised by lines are among the dominant motifs (fig.

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