Ancient Nubia

African Kingdoms on the Nile
(Book - 2012)
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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 (booknews.com)

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.

Statement of Responsibility: edited by Marjorie M. Fisher ... [et al.] ; with photographs by Chester Higgins Jr
Title: Ancient Nubia
African kingdoms on the Nile
Publisher: Cairo ; New York : American University in Cairo Press, c2012
Characteristics: xx, 452 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps, plans ; 31 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents: The land of Nubia / Peter Lacovara
The history of Nubia / Marjorie M. Fisher
The early exploration and archaeology of Nubia / Peter Lacovara. Sidelight: the treasure of a Nubian queen / Peter Lacovara and Yvonne J. Markowitz
Saving Nubia's legacy / Zahi Hawass
Archaeological salvage in the fourth cataract, northern Sudan (1991-2008) / Geoff Emberling
The art and architecture of early Nubia: the A-Group to the Kerma culture / Peter Lacovara
The art and architecture of Nubia during the New Kingdom: Egypt in Nubia / Marjorie M. Fisher. Sidelight : Akhenaten in Nubia / W. Raymond Johnson
The art and architecture of Kushite Nubia / Peter Lacovara
The art and architecture of Meroitic Nubia / David O'Connor
Kings and kingship in ancient Nubia / Robert G. Morkot
Nubian religion / Janice W. Yellin
Burial customs in ancient Nubia / Peter Lacovara and Christian Knoblauch
Texts and writing in ancient Nubia / Susan K. Doll
Daily life in ancient Nubia / Peter Lacovara
Women in ancient Nubia / Joyce Haynes and Mimi Santini-Ritt
Nubian adornment / Yvonne J. Markowitz
Nubian ceramics / Christian Knoblauch and Peter Lacovara
From food to furniture: animals in ancient Nubia / Salima Ikram
Gebel Qeili / Peter Lacovara
Naqa / Janice W. Yellin
Musawwarat al-Sufra / Claudia Naser
Wad ban Naqa / Janice W. Yellin
Al-Hobagi / Janice W. Yellin
Muweis / Janice W. Yellin
Al-Hassa / Janice W. Yellin
Hamadab / Janice W. Yellin
Meroe / Janice W. Yellin
Dangeil / Janice W. Yellin
Nuri / Susan K. Doll
Gebel Barkal / Joyce Haynes and Mimi Santini-Ritt
Al-Kurru / Peter Lacovara
Kawa / Robert G. Morkot
Tabo / Robert G. Morkot
Kerma / Charles Bonnet
Tombos / Janice W. Yellin
Nauri / Marjorie M. Fisher
Sesebi / Robert G. Morkot
Soleb / Marjorie M. Fisher
Sedeinga / Robert G. Morkot
Sai Island / Janice W. Yellin
Amara West / Robert G. Morkot
Gammai / Peter Lacovara
Gebel Sheikh Suleiman / Christian Knoblauch
Second cataract forts / Bruce Williams
The C-Group in Lower Nubia / Claudia Näser
Qustul / Peter Lacovara
Ballana / Peter Lacovara and Salima Ikram
Abu Simbel / Marjorie M. Fisher
Arminna West and Arminna East / Janice W. Yellin
Toshka East and Toshka West / Janice W. Yellin
Qasr Ibrim / Pamela J. Rose
Karanog / Janice W. Yellin
Derr / Marjorie M. Fisher
Amada / Robert G. Morkot
Wadi al-Sebua / Marjorie M. Fisher
Maharraqa / Peter Lacovara
Dakka / Peter Lacovara
Gerf Hussein / Marjorie M. Fisher
Dendur / Sue D'Auria
Beit al-Wali / Marjorie M. Fisher
Kalabsha / Peter Lacovara
Taffeh / Elizabeth Cummins
Qertassi / Peter Lacovara
Debod / Sue D'Auria
Philae / Sue D'Auria
Elephantine and Aswan / Salima Ikram and Christian Knoblauch
Subject Headings: Sudan Antiquities Egypt Antiquities Nubia History Nubia Antiquities
Additional Contributors: Higgins, Chester
Fisher, Marjorie M.
ISBN: 9774164784
Branch Call Number: 939.78 A
Research Call Number: JFG 13-95
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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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