African Archaeological Review

, Volume 24, Issue 1–2, pp 41–44 | Cite as

The Archaeology of Early Egypt. Social Transformations in North-Africa, 10,000 to 2650 bc

By David Wengrow, Cambridge World Archaeology. Pp. xx + 343, Figs. 83. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2006. ISBN 0-521-54374-6. Price £22.99 Hardback £50.00
  • Yann TristantEmail author
Book Review

The premise that the study of Early Egypt history is a neglected branch of Egyptology is not as true today as it was two decades ago. For several years now the examination of Ancient Egypt’s origins has undergone a revival due to increasing archaeological activity. David Wengrow’s book provides a progress report on the state of knowledge and the revival taking place in the study of Egyptian Prehistory. Although in-depth studies concerning certain precise issues exist, there are very few syntheses which cover the whole of the discipline. The work presented belongs to the most original contributions to Early Egypt; in the spirit of such significant works as those of Michael A. Hoffman (1979), Béatrix Midant-Reynes (1992; 2003) or Toby A.H. Wilkinson (1999). The purpose of the book is to investigate the fundamental transformations which gave birth to farming, the dynastic state and Egyptian kingship. In his own words the author defines his study as “a sustained interpretation of social...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut français d’archéologie orientaleCairoEgypt

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