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Biography of an Ancient Egyptian Cultural Landscape
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This book is the first comprehensive monographic treatment of the New Kingdom (1539–1078 BCE) necropolis at Saqqara, the burial ground of the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis, and addresses questions fundamental to understanding the site’s development through time. For example, why were certain areas of the necropolis selected for burial in certain time periods; what were the tombs’ spatial relations to contemporaneous and older monuments; and what effect did earlier structures have on the positioning of tombs and structuring of the necropolis in later times? This study adopts landscape biography as a conceptual tool to study the long-time interaction between people and landscapes.

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A distinct concentration of 150 gallery graves dating to the Late Neolithic (2400–1700 BC) occurs in Göteryd parish in the South Swedish Uplands. This study investigates why such a concentration of gallery graves exists in this region and why these were not exchanged by new monuments in the Bronze Age. In order to discuss these issues, the distribution of the monuments and the stray finds have been analysed and correlated to the results of local pollen analysis. The results support the impression of abandonment at the transition from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age. The processes of expansion and abandonment seem to reflect general population trends, as discussed in recent works on population dynamics. Göteryd parish is a highland region and marginal from an agricultural point of view, but it borders on fertile and plain coastal areas, which are easily accessible through river valleys. In periods of population growth, Göteryd parish would absorb people from the coastal plains, a process that probably was reversed when the population shrank. The geographical position of the Göteryd area created a particular dynamic and made it vulnerable to changes in population dynamics, social networks, and climate.

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In: Acta Archaeologica
In: Early Makuria Research Project. El-Zuma Cemetery (3-vol. set)
In: Early Makuria Research Project. El-Zuma Cemetery (3-vol. set)
In: Early Makuria Research Project. El-Zuma Cemetery (3-vol. set)
In: Early Makuria Research Project. El-Zuma Cemetery (3-vol. set)
In: Early Makuria Research Project. El-Zuma Cemetery (3-vol. set)
In: Early Makuria Research Project. El-Zuma Cemetery (3-vol. set)
In: Early Makuria Research Project. El-Zuma Cemetery (3-vol. set)
In: Early Makuria Research Project. El-Zuma Cemetery (3-vol. set)