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An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt by Kathryn A. Bard

By Kathryn A. Bard

This student-friendly creation to the archaeology of old Egypt courses readers from the Paleolithic to the Greco-Roman sessions, and has now been up-to-date to incorporate fresh discoveries and new illustrations.

• Superbly illustrated with pictures, maps, and location plans, with extra illustrations during this new edition
• Organized  into eleven chapters, protecting: the background of Egyptology and Egyptian archaeology; prehistoric and pharaonic chronology and the traditional Egyptian language; geography, assets, and atmosphere; and 7 chapters geared up chronologically and dedicated to particular archaeological websites and evidence
• Includes sections on salient subject matters resembling the developing the good Pyramid at Giza and the method of mummification

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The script was written with no punctuation between clauses and sentences, and no spacing between words. The system does not write vowels, making it very difficult to reconstruct pronunciation, which is done primarily by working back from Coptic, in which vowels are written. The use of different classes of hieroglyphic or hieratic signs in the same word made the decipherment of Egyptian much more difficult than it would have been for an alphabetic system. ” Some signs (phonograms), many derived from logograms, were used phonetically to represent sounds in the spoken language, with one ­hieroglyph representing one, two, or three consonants (uniconsonantal, biconsonantal, or triconsonantal signs).

Egyptian was first written vertically, and horizontal writing did not become the norm until the Middle Kingdom. Signs faced the direction from which they were read, usually from right to left. The script was written with no punctuation between clauses and sentences, and no spacing between words. The system does not write vowels, making it very difficult to reconstruct pronunciation, which is done primarily by working back from Coptic, in which vowels are written. The use of different classes of hieroglyphic or hieratic signs in the same word made the decipherment of Egyptian much more difficult than it would have been for an alphabetic system.

The aim of most of these works is not accuracy, but entertainment. Ancient Egypt at the movies includes several films about Cleopatra VII, usually as an exotic seductress. Theda Bara was an early Cleopatra (1917), and Claudette Colbert also played the queen (1932). 8), but probably the most famous movie Cleopatra was Elizabeth Taylor in the 1963 film, where she made love on and off the sets to Richard Burton’s Marc Antony. The Ten Commandments, set in part in Rameses II’s Egypt, has been the topic of two films by Cecil B.

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