Archaeology and Ancient Egypt
English edition  
472 pp.
200 color illus. 
23X30 cm
ISBN 9789774164781
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Ancient Nubia

African Kingdoms on the Nile Edited by Marjorie M. Fisher
Peter Lacovara
Salima Ikram
Sue D’Auria
Photographs by Chester Higgins Jr.
Foreword by Zahi Hawass

A lushly illustrated gazetteer of the archaeological sites of southern Egypt and northern Sudan

2012 American Publishers (PROSE) Awards winner for Best Archaeology & Anthropology Book For most of the modern world, ancient Nubia seems an unknown and enigmatic land. Only a handful of archaeologists have studied its history or unearthed the Nubian cities, temples, and cemeteries that once dotted the landscape of southern Egypt and northern Sudan. Nubia’s remote setting in the midst of an inhospitable desert, with access by river blocked by impassable rapids, has lent it not only an air of mystery, but also isolated it from exploration. Over the past century, particularly during this last generation, scholars have begun to focus more attention on the fascinating cultures of ancient Nubia, ironically prompted by the construction of large dams that have flooded vast tracts of the ancient land. This book attempts to document some of what has recently been discovered about ancient Nubia, with its remarkable history, architecture, and culture, and thereby to give us a picture of this rich, but unfamiliar, African legacy.
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Marjorie M. Fisher is adjunct assistant professor of Egyptology at the University of Michigan. Peter Lacovara is senior curator of ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University. Salima Ikram is professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo. Sue D’Auria is a former associate curator at the Huntington Museum of Art. Chester Higgins Jr. is a world-renowned photographer and author of six books of photography whose work has appeared in ART- news, Essence, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine.

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Named Best Archaeology & Anthropology Book published in 2012 by the Association of American Publishers PROSE Awards

To listen to a radio interview with Higgins Jr. on the The Leonard Lopate Show, click here.

To read an interview with Peter Lacovara co-editor and senior curator of ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University, click here.

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“This beautifully illustrated volume offers the general reader a survey of this little-known civilization and is highly recommended.”—Library Journal//endoftext//endoftext

“[B]rings the ancient unknown kingdom of Nubia alive through essays and beautiful photos.”—Booklist//endoftext//endoftext

“[Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile] is arguably the definitive work on the subject to date. And the on-location lush color photographs of Chester Higgins Jr. are worthy of a volume of their own!”—KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt//endoftext//endoftext

“This large, handsome volume constitutes a comprehensive archaeological survey of this region on the border between Egypt and Sudan, much of which was buried underwater as a result of dam construction. Features a gazetteer of all of the key archaeological sites in the region, and includes readable, well-sourced essays by specialists on history, culture, art, religion, daily life, and more. Richly illustrated with maps, drawings, and color photographs of artifacts.”—2013 University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries

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