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Technology and Urbanism in Late Bronze Age Egypt

Technology and Urbanism in Late Bronze Age Egypt

by Anna K. Hodgkinson
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Publication Date: 07/02/2018
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This book provides the first systematic and comprehensive discussion of the intra-urban distribution of high-status goods and their production and role as a marker of the nature of the settlements known as royal cities in the New Kingdom Egypt (c.1550-1069 BC). Using spatial analysis to detect patterns of artefact distribution, the study focuses on Amarna, Gurob, and Malqata, incorporating Qantir/Pi-Ramesse for comparison. As royal cities, these three settlements had a great need for luxury goods. Such items were made of either highly valuable materials, or materials that were not easily produced and therefore required a certain set of skills. Specifically, the industries discussed are those of glass, faience, metal, sculpture, and textiles. Analysis of the evidence of high-status industrial processes throughout the urban settlements has demonstrated that industrial activities took place in institutionalized buildings, in houses of the elite, and also in small domestic complexes. This leads to the conclusion that materials were processed at different levels throughout the settlements and were subject to a strict pattern of control. The methodological approach to each settlement varies, depending on the nature and quality of the available data. By examining the distribution of high-status or luxury materials, in addition to archaeological and artefactual evidence of their production, a deeper understanding has been achieved of how industries were organized and how they influenced urban life in New Kingdom Egypt.
ISBN:
9780198803591
9780198803591
Category:
Egyptian archaeology / Egyptology
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
07-02-2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Dimensions (mm):
238x164x25.6mm
Weight:
0.81kg

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