Experiments in Egyptian Archaeology
Stoneworking Technology in Ancient Egypt
In this new edition of Experiments in Egyptian Archaeology, Denys A. Stocks introduces further experimental research on stoneworking in Ancient Egypt through archaeological and pictorial evidence.
A further 20 years of research has been added to the original publication and the book now includes the results of experiments that test and evaluate over 250 reconstructed and replica tools, bringing alive the methods and practices of Ancient Egyptian craftworking. This practical approach to understanding the fundamentals of Ancient Egyptian stoneworking highlights the evolution of tools and techniques, and how these come together to produce the wonders of Egyptian art and architecture. A new chapter on Predynastic industrial transitions and convergence explores how the surge in technology, particularly in the expanding production of stone vessels and in the production of faience artifacts, drove the expansion of the economy of the Late Predynastic period in Egypt.
Introducing the results of new research to enrich our understanding of the fundamental development of stoneworking, and other supporting technologies in Ancient Egypt, this book remains an important volume for students and researchers wishing to understand Ancient Egyptian technology and development.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part 1 Skills and Tools: Fledgling Industrialists 1 Craftworking: Industry’s Driving Force 2 The Cutting Edge 3 A Flint for all Seasons Part 2 High Priests of Industry: The State’s Influence on Technology 4 The Abrasive Technologists 5 Making Stone Vessels 6 The Development of Stone Sarcophagus Manufacture 7 Master Masonry Fitters Part 3 Industrial Revolution in Ancient Egypt 8 Theban Mass-Production Tools 9 By-Products from a Bygone Age 10 Predynastic Transitions and Convergence 11 Ancient Technical Interrelationships
Denys A. Stocks is an experimental archaeologist who uses his training in mechanical engineering, together with his experience in teaching high school design and technology, to interpret Ancient Egypt’s technical capability. His research interests include the technological similarities between Egypt, Mesopotamia, Minoan Crete and the Indus Valley.