Palaeolithic Living Sites in Upper and Middle Egypt

Pierre M. Vermeersch

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The field research and associated laboratory analyses reported in this volume represent more than 24 years of investigation in Upper and Middle Egypt by the Belgian Middle Egypt Prehistoric Project of Leuven University. During the course of these years, the project excavated 29 sites with clear evidence of living surfaces. "Palaeolithic living sites in Upper and Middle Egypt" serves to present the results of these investigations, which span in time from the oldest known human presence in the Egyptian Nile valley, estimated to be some 400,000 years ago, to the Epipalaeolithic era, approximately 6,000 years ago. The excavation data of the sites are illustrated by numerous plans, profiles and artefact drawings. Thus, work reported herein spans the known Palaeolithic era of the Egyptian Nile valley.

Surface Sites - P.M. Vermeersch, G. Gijselings, E. Paulissen

  • Acheulean at Nag Ahmed el Khalifa - P.M. Vermeersch, E. Paulissen, M. Otte, G. Gijselings

  • Stratigraphical Context of the Makhadma Area - E. Paulissen, P.M. Vermeersch

  • Makhadma 6, a Nubian Complex Site - P. Van Peer

  • Palaeolithic Sites at Shuwikhat - E. Paulissen, P.M. Vermeersch

  • Shuwikhat 1, an Upper Palaeolithic Site - P.M. Vermeersch, E. Paulissen, P. Van Peer

  • El Abadiya, a Shuwikhatian Site - P.M. Vermeersch, P. Van Peer, E. Paulissen

  • Shuwikhat 2, a Silsilian Site - P.M. Vermeersch, G. Gijselings, E. Paulissen

  • Makhadma 2, an Esnan Site - P.M. Vermeersch, E. Paulissen, D. Huyge

  • Makhadma 4, a Late Palaeolithic Fishing Site - P.M. Vermeersch, E. Paulissen, D. Huyge

  • Chronology, Subsistence and Environment at the Late Palaeolithic Fishing Sites of Makhadma 2 and 4 - W. Van Neer, E. Paulissen, P.M. Vermeersch

  • Arab el Sabaha, an Epipalaeolithic Site - D. Huyge, P.M. Vermeersch, E. Paulissen

  • El Qat'a, a Late Palaeolithic Site - P.M. Vermeersch, E. Paulissen, G. Gijselings

  • Conclusions - P.M. Vermeersch, P. Van Peer, E. Paulissen

  • References

Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 297 × 210 mm

330 pages

ISBN: 9789058670649

Publication: December 08, 2000

Series: Egyptian Prehistory Monographs 2

Languages: English

Stock item number: 46109

Pierre Vermeersch is Professor of Prehistory at KU Leuven.

Complete with maps of site locations, scatter patterns of artifact concentrations, numerous high quality illustrations and an exhaustive bibliography, the work in question represents a rich source of information, new prehistoric data and materials. It is an important contribution to our knowledge of the Nile Valley and Egypt. It is comparable to the fundamental Prehistory of Nubia edited by F. Wendorf over thirty years ago and, like its predecessor, it is going to be considered as an important step in the recognition of the prehistory of northeastern Africa.
M. Kobusiewicz, Bibliotheca Orientalis 58(5–6): 604