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Landscape Archaeology of the Western Nile Delta

By Joshua R. Trampier


Different ideas of what constitutes an archaeological site have developed over two centuries of scholarship and heritage law in Egypt, with sites often (unconsciously) conceived as lands with museum-quality pieces and striking monumental, mortuary, and/or epigraphic remains. As a result, the material record of the powerful dominates Egyptological discourse, leaving hundreds of unexplored sites in the delta floodplain and their potential contributions to a narrative of Egyptian culture largely ignored.


Attempting to correct this, the author integrates historical maps, remote sensing data, and ancient texts to understand the dynamic landscape of the western Nile Delta. Weaving together new archaeological survey, Corona satellite images, and a targeted program of drill coring, this volume offers a palimpsest of settlement and paleoenvironment from the New Kingdom to Late Roman era. In the face of forces undermining many sites' integrity, this study adapts techniques in landscape archaeology to an Egyptian context, anticipating triage and salvage in the decades to come.

Landscape Archaeology of the Western Nile Delta

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    Wilbour Studies in Egyptology and Assyriology vol. 2

    xxii + 255 pages

    8.5 x 11 inches

    ISBN 978-1-937040-17-8 (hardcover)

    ISBN 978-1-937040-18-5 (PDF)

    March 2014

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  • Table of Contents


    List of Figures

    List of Tables




    Chapter One: Regional Survey, the Nile Delta Floodplain, and the Archaeological Site in Egypt

    Chapter Two: Prior Research within the Cultural and Natural Landscape of the Western Delta

    Chapter Three: Methodology for Investigating the Cultural and Natural Landscape of the Western Delta

    Chapter Four: Presentation and Spatial Analysis of Detailed Fieldwork

    Chapter Five: Concluding Remarks


    Appendix 1

    Appendix 2

    Appendix 3

    Appendix 4

    Appendix 5


    Subject Index

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