Item description for The Red Land: The Illustrated Archaeology of Egypt's Eastern Desert by Steven E. Sidebotham, Martin Hense & Hendrikje M. Nouwens...
For thousands of years Egypt has crowded the Nile Valley and Delta. The Eastern Desert, however, has also played a crucialthough until now little understoodrole 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.
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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 7" Height: 9.5" Weight: 2.55 lbs.
Release Date Sep 8, 2008
Publisher American University in Cairo Press
ISBN 9774160940 ISBN13 9789774160943
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More About Steven E. Sidebotham, Martin Hense & Hendrikje M. Nouwens
Steven E. Sidebotham is Professor of History at the University of Delaware and author of "Roman Economic Policy in the Erythra Thalassa, 30 BC AD 21".
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the red land Oct 14, 2009
The book gives a very thorough elaboration of the trade routes, water stations, forts,mining comlexes in the eastern Egyptian desert between the Nile and the Red Sea, including harbour installations. The description is completed by information on the living conditions in such a hard environment as seen in ancient times and today. A perfect work, well written, very clear and completed by numerous drawings and photographs. A joy to read
A seminal contribution to archaeological studies and Egyptology shelves Oct 9, 2008
Classical archaeology and ancient history professor Steven E. Sidebotham, freelance artist and archaeologist Martin Hense, and independent Egyptologist and archaeologist Hendrikje M. Nouwens present The Red Land: The Illustrated Archaeology of Egypt's Eastern Desert, a scholarly, in-depth reference to the rich, millennia-old history these inhospitable yet mineral-rich lands. Firmly grounded on twenty years of archaeological research and fieldwork done within Egypt's Eastern Desert, The Red Land spotlights especially significant sites, treasures, petroglyphs, cemeteries, mines, quarries, temples, and much more. Illustrated with over 280 black-and-white and color photographs, The Red Land is a seminal contribution to archaeological studies and Egyptology shelves, and a superb pick for college libraries.