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The Red Land : The Illustrated Archaeology of Egypt's Eastern Desert - Steven E. Sidebotham

The Red Land

The Illustrated Archaeology of Egypt's Eastern Desert

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This work contains a detailed survey of the ancient sites in the Eastern Desert of Egypt, between the Nile Valley and the Red Sea. For thousands of years, Egypt has crowded the Nile Valley and Delta. The Eastern Desert, however, has also played a crucial - though until now little understood - role in Egyptian history. Ancient inhabitants of the Nile Valley feared the desert, which they referred to as the Red Land, and were reluctant to venture there, yet they exploited the extensive mineral wealth of this region. They also profited from the valuable wares conveyed across the desert between the Nile and the Red Sea ports, which originated from Arabia, Africa, India, and elsewhere in the east.Based on twenty years of archaeological fieldwork conducted in the Eastern Desert, "The Red Land" reveals the cultural and historical richness of this little known and seldom visited area of Egypt. A range of important archaeological sites dating from Prehistoric to Byzantine times is explored here in text and illustrations. Among these ancient treasures are petroglyphs, cemeteries, fortified wells, gold and emerald mines, hard stone quarries, roads, forts, ports, and temples. With 250 photographs and fascinating artistic reconstructions based on the evidence on the ground, along with the latest research and accounts from ancient sources and modern travelers, the authors lead the reader into the remotest corners of the hauntingly beautiful Eastern Desert to discover the full story of the area's human history.

List of Illustrations
Historical overviewp. 1
Geography, climate, and peoplep. 21
A Roman imperial road and the northern part of the Eastern Desertp. 37
Shrines, bathtubs, and stone quarries: how the stone was quarried and moved along the desert roads to the Nilep. 61
The joys and sorrows of the desert surveyp. 95
Gods of the desert: the temples and shrines of the Eastern Desertp. 111
The horn of plenty: international tradep. 151
Burying the dead in the Eastern Desertp. 197
El Dorado: gold mines in the Eastern Desertp. 213
Living in the desertp. 227
The Ma'aza, 'Ababda, and Bisharin Bedouinp. 257
Land of gemstones: emerald and amethyst mines in the Eastern Desertp. 277
Water, the desert elixirp. 303
The roads from Berenike to the Nilep. 329
The last frontier: the southernmost sites in the Eastern Desertp. 345
Suggestions for further readingp. 377
Indexp. 417
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9789774160943
ISBN-10: 9774160940
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st June 2008
Country of Publication: EG
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.5  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.13