As reflected in the title “From Microcosm to Macrocosm: Individual households and cities in Ancient Egypt and Nubia”, both a micro-approach introducing microhistories of individual sites according to recent archaeological fieldwork incorporating interdisciplinary methods as well as general patterns and regional developments in Northeast Africa are discussed.
This combination of research questions on the micro-level with the macro-level provides new information about cities and households in Ancient Egypt and Nubia and makes the book unique. Architectural studies as well as analyses of material culture and the new application of microarchaeology, here especially of micromorphology and archaeometric applications, are presented as case studies from sites primarily dating to the New Kingdom (Second Millennium BC). The rich potential of well-preserved but still not completely explored sites in modern Sudan, especially as direct comparison for already excavated sites located in Egypt, is in particular emphasised in the book.
Settlement archaeology in Egypt and Nubia has recently moved away from a strong textual approach and generalised studies to a more site-specific approach and household studies. This new bottom-up approach applied by current fieldwork projects is demonstrated in the book. The volume is intended for all specialists at settlements sites in Northeast Africa, for students of Egyptology and Nubian Studies, but it will be of interest to anyone working in the field of settlement archaeology. It is the result of a conference on the same subject held in 2017 as the closing event of the European Research Council funded project AcrossBorders at Munich.
Julia Budka and Johannes Auenmüller
Individual Households and Cities in Ancient Egypt and Nubia: A short summary of the state-of-the-art
The Development of Two Early Urban Centres in Upper Egypt During the 3rd Millennium BC: The examples of Edfu and Dendara
Nadine Moeller and Gregory Marouard
Ancient Gold Mining Settlements in the Eastern Deserts of Egypt and Nubia
Dietrich Klemm and Rosemarie Klemm
Kerma and Dokki Gel: Evidences of impressive changes in the urban architecture at the beginning of the New Kingdom in Nubia
The Many Ethnicities in Avaris: Evidence from the northern borderland of Egypt
Egyptians and Nubians in the Early New Kingdom and the Kushite Background
AcrossBorders: Five seasons of work in the Pharaonic town, Sai Island
Image Based Modelling and Kite Aerial Photography on Sai Island
Martin Fera and Cajetan Geiger
The Fortifications of the Pharaonic Town on Sai Island: A reinvestigation
Pots & People: Ceramics from Sai Island and Elephantine
From Macro Wares to Micro Fabrics and INAA Compositional Groups: The pottery corpus of the New Kingdom town on Sai Island (Northern Sudan)
Giulia D’Ercole and Johannes Sterba
Tomb 26 in Cemetery SAC5 on Sai Island
Life History of Khnummose and Selected Anthropological Finds from Tomb 26
Marlies Wohlschlager and Andrea Stadlmayr
The Fortified Settlement at Tombos and Egyptian Colonial Strategy in New Kingdom Nubia
Stuart Tyson Smith and Michele Buzon
Urbanism in Nubia and the New Kingdom Temple Towns
New Kingdom towns in Upper Nubia: Sai, Soleb and Amara West in prosopographical perspective
Julia Budka studied Egyptology and Classical Archaeology at the University of Vienna and received her PhD in Egyptology, University of Vienna in 2007. She held a researcher position at Humboldt University Berlin (2004-2012) and was a temporary replacement Assistant Professor at the University of Vienna (2011-2012). Her speciality fields are Egyptian field archaeology and material culture; she conducts excavations in Sudan and Egypt, both at funerary and settlement sites, especially at Luxor (Thebes), Sai Island and between Attab to Ferka (MUAFS and DiverseNile projects).
Johannes Auenmüller studied Egyptology, Classical Archaeology and Prehistoric Archaeology at Free University Berlin and completed his doctoral studies funded by the Berlin Cluster of Excellence TOPOI with a dissertation about the territoriality and space-related identity of the Egyptian New Kingdom elite.