The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Nubia (Oxford Handbooks) (Hardcover)

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The cultures of Nubia built the earliest cities, states, and empires of inner Africa, but they remain relatively poorly known outside their modern descendants and the community of archaeologists, historians, and art historians researching them. The earliest archaeological work in Nubia was
motivated by the region's role as neighbor, trade partner, and enemy of ancient Egypt. Increasingly, however, ancient Nile-based Nubian cultures are recognized in their own right as the earliest complex societies in inner Africa. As agro-pastoral cultures, Nubian settlement, economy, political
organization, and religious ideologies were often organized differently from those of the urban, bureaucratic, and predominantly agricultural states of Egypt and the ancient Near East. Nubian societies are thus of great interest in comparative study, and are also recognized for their broader impact
on the histories of the eastern Mediterranean and the Near East.

The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Nubia brings together chapters by an international group of scholars on a wide variety of topics that relate to the history and archaeology of the region. After important introductory chapters on the history of research in Nubia and on its climate and physical
environment, the largest part of the volume focuses on the sequence of cultures that lead almost to the present day. Several cross-cutting themes are woven through these chapters, including essays on desert cultures and on Nubians in Egypt. Eleven final chapters synthesize subjects across all
historical phases, including gender and the body, economy and trade, landscape archaeology, iron working, and stone quarrying.

About the Author

Geoff Emberling is Associate Research Scientist at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan. Bruce Williams is Research Associate at the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780190496272
ISBN-10: 0190496274
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: January 19th, 2021
Pages: 1232
Language: English
Series: Oxford Handbooks