In this authoritative and compelling 2006 survey of the archaeology of early Egypt, David Wengrow offers an interpretation of the emergence of farming economies and the dynastic state, c.10,000 to 2,650 BC. Exploring key themes such as the nature of state power, kingship and the inception of writing, Wengrow illuminates prehistoric social development along the Nile through comparison with neighbouring regions. Detailed analysis of the archaeological record reveals the interplay between large-scale processes of economic and political change and intimate material practices through which social identities were transformed, focussing upon ritual treatments of the dead. Employing rich empirical data and engaging critically with anthropological theory and the history of archaeological thought, Wengrow's work challenges the theoretical isolation of Egyptian prehistory and breaches the methodological boundaries that separate prehistory from Egyptology. It is essential reading for anybody with an interest in ancient Egyptian civilisation or early state formation.
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Book Review: Archaeology of Early Egypt by David Wengrow - Reviewed by (04 Jan 2013)
Its a good book, but if you want a 'worts and all' review then see Glen Newell's comments on academia.edu. It gives a far more balanced account of the work than you'd get from his buddies at Oxford. To begin wiith it suggests that a lot of the ideas Wendgrow uses come from the 1950s and 1960s. It also suggests that some of the writing is 'Twaddle'. And after reading the book I have to agree some of the stuff does sounds a lot like an old 'post modernist' re-write. A good undergrad read as long as you don't take it all in as gospel.
Author Biography - David Wengrow
David Wengrow is a Lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, where he has established a new program of study comparing ancient societies of the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean.