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Holocene Settlement of the Egyptian Sahara

Volume 1: The Archaeology of Nabta Playa

Authors: Wendorf, Fred, Schild, Romuald

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by Fred Wendorf and Romuald Schild The Eastern Sahara is a fascinating place to study structures. These larger, more complex sites are almost prehistory. Confronted with the stark reality of a hyper­ always in the lower parts of large basins, most of which arid environment that receives no measurable rainfall, were formed by deflation during the Late Pleistocene lacks vegetation, and is seemingly without life, it would hyper-arid interval between about 65,000 and 13,000 seem to be an unlikely place to find a rich and complex years ago. Their location near the floor of these basins mosaic of archaeological remains documenting past was influenced primarily by one factor - water. During human presence. Despite this impression of a hostile wet phases, runoff from extensive catchment areas environment, there is widespread and abundant caused the development of large, deep, seasonal lakes, archaeological evidence. or playas, in the lowermost parts of these basins. This It is obvious that this area was not always a lifeless surface water would last for several weeks or months desert. Faunal and plant remains found in the excavations after the seasonal rains, and by digging wells after the at Holocene-age settlements, dating between 9500 and playa became dry, water could still be obtained during 5000 radiocarbon years ago, indicate that rainfall during most, if not all, of the dry season.

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`The Archaeology of Nabta Playa is truly an opus magnus; it is not a casual read, and it will be cited for years to come. As a valuable reference work written for interested experts, it will be of most interest to those who share similar regional and topical foci. This book is thorougly and unequivocally recommended for students of African prehistory... In terms of value for money, however, this work speaks volumes.'
The Holocene, 13:2 (2003)
`[...] it is important to stress the objective contribution that these volumes make to the prehistory of the eastern Sahara. They are extremely well produced, with ample illustrations and statistics, and no detail is spared in the description of habitation sites and small finds. Volumes 1 and 2 of Nabta Playa are a superb addition to the prehistory of the eastern Sahara.'
Antiquity, 77:297 (September 2003)
`[...] contains a marvelous range of information on many aspects of life in the Holocene of the eastern Sahara. The publication is of a very high standard - well finishes and proofread - and should grace the shelves of Saharanists, as well as any university library where African history is taught.'
Journal of Anthropological Research, 59 (2003)

"It is clear that this book is a milestone. Wendorf and his team are to be enthusistically congratulated for contributing to the renewal of some critical theoretical and historical problems, and for their exemplary multidisciplinary research strategy." (Savino di Lernia; African Archaeological Review, 21:1)


Table of contents (25 chapters)

Table of contents (25 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-10

    Wendorf, Fred (et al.)

  • Geomorphology, Lithostratigraphy, Geochronology and Taphonomy of Sites

    Pages 11-50

    Schild, Romuald (et al.)

  • Combined Prehistoric Expedition’s Radiocarbon Dates Associated with Neolithic Occupations in the Southern Western Desert of Egypt

    Pages 51-56

    Schild, Romuald (et al.)

  • Site E-77-7 Revisited: The Early Neolithic of El Adam Type at El Gebal El Beid Playa

    Pages 57-70

    Close, Angela E. (et al.)

  • Sites E-91-3 and E-91-4: The Early Neolithic of El Adam Type at Nabta Playa

    Pages 71-96

    Close, Angela E.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Holocene Settlement of the Egyptian Sahara
Book Subtitle
Volume 1: The Archaeology of Nabta Playa
Authors
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4615-0653-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4615-0653-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-46612-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-5178-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 707
Number of Illustrations
167 b/w illustrations
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