This book contains a selection of papers presented at the Red Sea VII conference titled “The Red Sea and the Gulf: Two Maritime Alternative Routes in the Development of Global Economy, from Late Prehistory to Modern Times”. The Red Sea and the Gulf are similar geographically and environmentally, and complementary to each other, as well as being competitors in their economic and cultural interactions with the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean. The chapters of the volume are grouped in three sections, corresponding to the various historical periods. Each chapter of the book offers the reader the opportunity to travel across the regions of the Red Sea and the Gulf, and from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean from prehistory to the contemporary era.
With contributions by Ahmed Hussein Abdelrahman, Serena Autiero, Mahmoud S. Bashir, Kathryn A. Bard, Alemsege, Beldados, Ioana A. Dumitru, Serena Esposito, Rodolfo Fattovich, Luigi Gallo, Michal Gawlikowski, Caterina Giostra, Sunil Gupta, Michael Harrower, Martin Hense, Linda Huli, Sarah Japp, Serena Massa, Ralph K. Pedersen, Jacke S. Phillips, Patrice Pomey, Joanna K. Rądkowska, Mike Schnelle, Lucy Semaan, Steven E. Sidebotham, Shadia Taha, Husna Taha Elatta, Joanna Then-Obłuska and Iwona Zych
Andrea Manzo is Professor of Archaeology of the Nile valley, Nubian and Ethiopian Archaeology at the University “L’Orientale” and visiting Professor at Addis Ababa University. He has almost 30 years fieldwork experience in Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia. The archaeology and history of the marginal areas, the man-environment relations, the long distance trade, the cross-acculturation and the emergence of social hierarchy in North-east Africa and along the Red Sea are his main research interests.
Chiara Zazzaro, teaches Maritime Archaeology at the University of Napoli "L'Orientale". In 2006 she defended her PhD thesis which addressed ancient maritime contacts along the African coast of the Red sea. Since 2001 she has focused her research on the study of ancient and traditional boatbuilding techniques, harbours and ports, navigation techniques and coastal environment, particularly in the Red Sea and Gulf area.
Diana Joyce de Falco is PhD candidate in Asian, African and Mediterranean Studies at University "L'Orientale" of Naples. Since 2010 her research focuses on Jewish cultural heritage in Italy, particularly on archaeological and epigraphic one. She has recently been assistant curator for several exhibitions and cataloguer of the Jewish cultural heritage in South Italy.
All interested in the history and archaeology of the Red Sea and of the Mediterranean - Indian Ocean connections, as well as early dynamics of globalisation.