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Ancient Egypt: Foundations of a Civilization by Douglas J. Brewer

By Douglas J. Brewer

Ancient Egypt: The Origins will supply a fantastically illustrated, easy-to-read textual content overlaying the formative period of the Egyptian civilization: the age ahead of the pyramids.


  • The first hugely illustrated ebook on Egyptian pre-history for non-specialists
  • Contains the entire proof Egypt enthusiasts are wanting to study: Who used to be the 1st Pharoah? whilst did burial grounds turn into Pyramids?
  • The tale of Brewer’s personal archaeological expeditions brings the historical past to lifestyles

 

 

 

 

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Not all who travelled to Egypt, however, were interested in uncovering its past for scientific purposes; many came to profit from the sale of its antiquities. To curb the wholesale looting of Egypt’s past, strict regulations were finally placed on excavations, and overseen by a government office of ‘Egyptian Antiquities’. From the mid-nineteenth century on, applications to excavate had to be submitted and the scientific value of the project evaluated before an excavation permit was issued. 1 u The Battle of the Pyramids.

8 u At times in the geological past, today’s desert offered savannalike conditions and was inhabited by numerous cultures. Source: Redrawn by Brenda Coelho, after Hoffman 1984, Fig. qxd 06/16/2005 02:52PM Page 40 ANCIENT EGYPT: THE ORIGINS between Cairo and Aswan and the water turned green (a result of the brief efflorescence of myriad minute organisms). In August, the river rose rapidly and its waters turned muddy red from the rich red earth brought by the Blue Nile and the Atbara River. The Nile continued to rise until mid-September, then remained high for two or three weeks.

The annual floodwaters also added nutrients to the land and helped to curtail the build-up of salts (Plates 4 and 29). At Aswan, near Egypt’s ancient southern border, the Nile passes through a formation of hard igneous rock, which is more resistant to erosion than the softer sand and limestone found downstream, and this has resulted in a series of rapids called cataracts, forming a natural boundary to the south (Plate 5). North of the first cataract at Aswan, where the Nile is deeper and the surface water smoother, igneous rocks are still obstacles and they form sand- and silt-covered islands.

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