Heiko Reimer, Frank Forster, Michael Herb and Nadja Pollath (eds.), Desert Animals in the Eastern Sahara: Status, Economic Significance, and Cultural Reflection in Antiquity
In what is fast becoming a seminal publication, the outcome of a much-needed conference held in December 2007 at the University of Cologne was published in 2009. The interdisciplinary conference brought together archaeologists (including Egyptologists), archaeozoologists, art historians, biologists, conservationists, ecologists and zoologists under the auspices of ACACIA (Arid Climate, Adaptation and Cultural Innovation in Africa).
The themes running through the resulting publication are three-fold: (1) what have been the human and climatic impacts on the animals which lived in the Eastern Sahara, (2) to what extent does the cultural representation of the animals reflect the importance in which they were held by human groups, and (3) how do these representations inform the conceptual construction and subsequent perpetuation of wild animals in the Predynastic and Dynastic economies and ideologies? As such, in many ways the archaeology of Northeast Africa is finally beginning to catch up...
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