African Archaeological Review

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 561–564 | Cite as

Simon J. Holdaway and Wileke Wendrich: The Desert Fayum Reinvestigated: The Early to Mid-Holocene Landscape Archaeology of the Fayum North Shore, Egypt

Monumenta Archaeologica Volume 39, UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, Los Angeles, 2017, 262 pp. (ISBN-10: 1938770099; ISBN-13: 978-1938770098)
  • G. J. TassieEmail author
Book Review

Serious interest in the Neolithic of northern Egypt began in the 1920s when Gertrude Caton-Thompson and E. W. Gardner (1934) undertook scientific investigations in the Fayum, Hermann Junker (1928) discovered Merimde Beni Salama, and El-Omari was discovered by Amim El-Omari and Paul Bovier-Lapierre (Debono and Mortensen 1990). The Fayum, Merimde Beni Salama and El-Omari remained the major areas associated with the Neolithic of northern Egypt for the next 80 years, with recent additions of Neolithic layers at Sais (Wilson 2006; Wilson et al. 2014). Although the Fayum is often referred to as a site, it is in fact a group of sites scattered throughout the landscape, whereas El-Omari and Merimde Beni Salama are clusters of settlements and burial areas.

The Desert Fayum Reinvestigatedis the first volume in a planned series detailing the results of the international collaboration of the URU Fayum Project, which undertook fieldwork between 2003 and 2012. Although the team worked in the same...


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  1. 1.Freie Universitat BerlinBerlinGermany

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