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Egypt before the Pharaohs: The Prehistoric Foundations of Egyptian Civilization

Hoffman, Michael A.

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ISBN 10: 0394410491 / ISBN 13: 9780394410494
Editorial: Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1979
Condición: Very Near Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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Grey quarter cloth over black boards; black pictorial d.j. 391 pp.; numerous illus., in text; glossary of acronyms; extensive bibliography & index. minimal wear, else fine. Early depiction of salveage archaeology, of significant interest to treasure hunters! Size: Octavo. N° de ref. de la librería 002079

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Título: Egypt before the Pharaohs: The Prehistoric ...

Editorial: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Año de publicación: 1979

Encuadernación: Original Publisher's Boards

Condición del libro:Very Near Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Near Fine

Edición: First Edition

Tipo de libro: Egyptologic Literature

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Dust jacket notes: "This is the first up-to-date general summary of the cultures of prehistoric Egypt and of the millennia of development that preceded the brilliant civilization of the pharaohs. Told through the adventures and achievements of the archaeologists whose discoveries brought these prehistoric cultures to light, here is that story: from the advent of Palaeolithic hunters almost a million years ago through the achievement of nomadic herding (ca. 6000 B.C.) and farming (ca. 5000 B.C.) and the beginnings of villages and town (ca. 4000 B.C.) to the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt under the first pharaoh, Menes, more than 5,000 years ago. Michael Hoffman a young archaeologist and anthropologist who himself is currently excavating prehistoric sites at Hierakonpolis in southern Egypt, has dramatically reconstructed for us the sequence of the discovery of Egypt's long-neglected prehistoric past. In following the progress of these great digs, we find that many of the characteristic institutions of classic ancient Egyptian civilization were firmly rooted in prehistoric antecedents. The Cult of the Dead, the exploitation of the Nile's folds, even the concept of the Two Egypts, had their beginnings in prehistoric times. But it required many specialists to break the silence of these preliterate peoples; and this is the story that Professor Hoffman recreates for the reader. Here we participate in the great digs of the irascible Sir William Flinders Petrie at the cemetery of Naqada, share the problems of James Edward Quibbell and F.W. Green at Hierakonpolis, unravel with Gertrude Caton-Thompson and Guy Brunton the mysteries of the Badarian culture. We watch the rescue campaign and excavation of hundreds of ancient Nubian sites before they disappeared beneath the rising waters of the Aswan High Dam and learn the revolutionary impact of the new style of research spawned by 'salvage archaeology.'..."

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