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An important study not only of the geological structure of Egypt and the mineral composition of its rocks, but also of ancient Egyptian stone quarries. Illustrated with almost 500 photographs and diagrams, microscopic sections and electronic scans, as well as colour photographs of all the types of stone discussed, the detailed descriptions of the quarries and numerous examples of quarrying and masonry techniques make this book an indispensable tool for the provenancing of museum exhibits. Originally published in German in 1993, this edition has been updated to take account of new research, and a new chapter on the building stones of the western oases has been added. Archaeologists, Egyptologists and travellers to Egypt will find a wealth of fascinating information on ancient quarrying equipment, working methods and transport in ancient Egypt, as well as an introduction to the geology and mineralogy of the Nile valley and the surrounding desert regions.
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...a must for anyone with any interest in Egyptian stones and quarries... cannot be recommended too highly!' -- A.M. Dodson KMT: A Modern Journal of Egyptology 20.2, Summer 2009 Beautifully presented. This study will be useful as a reference for archaeologists and Egyptologists attempting to identify and describe monuments and objects in the field, as well as for identifying material in museum collections.' -- James Gill ERAS Journal 11, November 2009 This book will undoubtedly be a well-used publication for anyone who wants to understand the use of stone in ancient Egypt. In fact, for anyone interested in ancient Egyptian buildings, then this should be an essential read too.' -- Peter Phillips Ancient Egypt Magazine Vol 10, No, 6, June/July 2010About the Author:
Rosemarie Klemm is an Egyptologist at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, Munich. Professor Dietrich D Klemm is a geologist at the same university.
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Book Description British Museum Press, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0714123269