Ancient Nubia

African Kingdoms on the Nile

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Ancient Nubia
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This attractively produced, well-illustrated volume begins with chapters addressing early exploration and archaeology, art and architecture, daily life, women, adornment, food, and ceramics, among other topics, including the efforts to save Nubia's legacy. The section that follows documents 49 individual sites (from south to north) with description of excavations, photos, drawings, and references. The four Egyptologist editors (who are also contributors) are affiliated as follows: Marjorie M. Fisher (U. of Michigan), Peter Lacovara (Emory U.), Salima Ikram (American U., Cairo), and Sue D'Auria (formerly with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Huntington Museum of Art). Photographs are by Chester Higgins Jr. The volume is oversize (9.5x12"). It is distributed in North America by Oxford U. Press. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Oxford University Press
2012 American Publishers (PROSE) Awards winner for Best Archaeology & Anthropology Book

For most of the modern world, ancient Nubia seems an unknown and enigmatic land. Only a handful of archaeologists have studied its history or unearthed the Nubian cities, temples, and cemeteries that once dotted the landscape of southern Egypt and northern Sudan. Nubia's remote setting in the midst of an inhospitable desert, with access by river blocked by impassable rapids, has lent it not only an air of mystery, but also isolated it from exploration. Over the past century, particularly during this last generation, scholars have begun to focus more attention on the fascinating cultures of ancient Nubia, ironically prompted by the construction of large dams that have flooded vast tracts of the ancient land.

This book attempts to document some of what has recently been discovered about ancient Nubia, with its remarkable history, architecture, and culture, and thereby to give us a picture of this rich, but unfamiliar, African legacy.

Publisher: Cairo ; New York : American University in Cairo Press, c2012
ISBN: 9774164784
Branch Call Number: 939.78 A
Characteristics: xx, 452 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps, plans ; 31 cm.
Additional Contributors: Higgins, Chester
Fisher, Marjorie M.


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June 26th. In an illustrated lecture, the author, a cultural anthropologist with a camera, attempts to document some of what has recently been discovered about ancient Nubia, with its remarkable history, architecture, and culture, and thereby to give the audience a picture of this rich, but unfam... Read More »

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Aug 09, 2014
  • dajones89 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Nubia still isn't as well understood as one would like, but archaeologists are finally giving it the attention it deserves. Drawing together most of the top experts working today, this massive book may be the most comprehensive introduction to the subject.


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