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