Holocene Settlement of the Egyptian Sahara

Volume 1: The Archaeology of Nabta Playa

  • Fred Wendorf
  • Romuald Schild

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Fred Wendorf, Romuald Schild
    Pages 1-10
  3. Halina Królik, Romuald Schild
    Pages 111-146
  4. Fred Wendorf, Angela E. Close, Romuald Schild
    Pages 147-330
  5. Halina Królik, Jan Fiedorczuk
    Pages 331-351
  6. Kit Nelson
    Pages 386-411
  7. Amal Abu Bakr Mohamed
    Pages 412-426
  8. Fred Wendorf, Romuald Schild
    Pages 427-462
  9. Alex Applegate, Nieves Zedeño
    Pages 463-467
  10. Alex Applegate, Achilles Gautier, Steven Duncan
    Pages 468-488
  11. Fred Wendorf, J. McKim Malville
    Pages 489-502
  12. Fred Wendorf, Halina Królik
    Pages 503-520
  13. Alex Applegate, Nieves Zedeño
    Pages 529-533
  14. Kit Nelson
    Pages 534-543
  15. Krystyna Wasylikowa, Hala N. Barakat, Ann Butler, Jon Hather, M. Lityñska-Zajac, Anwar Osman A. Magid
    Pages 592-608
  16. Zygmunt Bochenski, Teresa Tomek
    Pages 636-647
  17. Fred Wendorf, Romuald Schild
    Pages 648-675
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 676-707

About this book


by Fred Wendorf and Romuald Schild The Eastern Sahara is a fascinating place to study structures. These larger, more complex sites are almost prehistory. Confronted with the stark reality of a hyper­ always in the lower parts of large basins, most of which arid environment that receives no measurable rainfall, were formed by deflation during the Late Pleistocene lacks vegetation, and is seemingly without life, it would hyper-arid interval between about 65,000 and 13,000 seem to be an unlikely place to find a rich and complex years ago. Their location near the floor of these basins mosaic of archaeological remains documenting past was influenced primarily by one factor - water. During human presence. Despite this impression of a hostile wet phases, runoff from extensive catchment areas environment, there is widespread and abundant caused the development of large, deep, seasonal lakes, archaeological evidence. or playas, in the lowermost parts of these basins. This It is obvious that this area was not always a lifeless surface water would last for several weeks or months desert. Faunal and plant remains found in the excavations after the seasonal rains, and by digging wells after the at Holocene-age settlements, dating between 9500 and playa became dry, water could still be obtained during 5000 radiocarbon years ago, indicate that rainfall during most, if not all, of the dry season.


Holocene Neolithic Vor- und Frühgeschichte archaeology prehistory

Authors and affiliations

  • Fred Wendorf
    • 1
  • Romuald Schild
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologySouthern Methodist UniversityDallasUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Archaeology and EthnologyPolish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland

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