The Desert Fayum Reinvestigated: The Early to Mid-Holocene Landscape Archaeology of the Fayum North Shore, Egypt - Monumenta Archaeologica 39 (Hardback)Willeke Wendrich (editor)
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The Neolithic in Egypt is thought to have arrived via diffusion from an origin in southwest Asia. In this volume, the authors advocate an alternative approach to understanding the development of food production in Egypt based on the results of new fieldwork in the Fayum. They present a detailed study of the Fayum archaeological landscape using an expanded version of low-level food production to organize observations concerning paleoenvironment, socioeconomy, settlement, and mobility.
While domestic plants and animals were indeed introduced to the Fayum from elsewhere, when a number of aspects of the archaeological record are compared, a settlement system is suggested that has no obvious analogues with the Neolithic in southwest Asia. The results obtained from the Fayum are used to assess other contemporary sites in Egypt.
Publisher: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA
Number of pages: 282
Dimensions: 278 x 215 mm
'This book results from a remarkable international collaboration that brings together archaeological and geoarchaeological data to provide a new landscape understanding of the early to mid-Holocene in the Desert Fayum. The results are of great significance, demonstrating a distinct regional character to the adoption of farming and substantiating the wider evidence for a polycentric development of the Neolithic in the Middle East. This is interdisciplinary archaeology at its best.' Ian Hodder, Dunlevie Family Professor, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University, USA