Experiments in Egyptian Archaeology: Stoneworking Technology in Ancient Egypt

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I would like to express my gratitude to the following organizations and persons for permission to reproduce photographic and line illustrations: The Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, The British Museum, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Egypt Exploration Society, The Fitzwilliam Museum, The Manchester Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Terry Dowker, Barry Oswald, Jeffrey Stocks and Michael Tite. I sincerely thank Kelly and Chris Godwin, who gave generous help with my research project.

I am especially grateful to NOVA/WGBH Boston, Julia Cort, Mark Lehner, Hamada Rashwan, Hassan Abdel Alim, and the sawing and drilling crews, for their wholehearted assistance with my granite-cutting experiments in Aswan, Upper Egypt. There are many other people who contributed to my research project over the years: collectively, I owe them a great debt of gratitude.

I greatly appreciate the encouragement and support of my wife, Carol, and of my sons Jeffrey, Ian and Paul. Without their constant involvement, this book could never have been written.

I also sincerely thank Richard Stoneman and Celia Tedd of Routledge, whose support and care solved many problems on the way to publishing this book.

Denys Stocks, Manchester, May 2003

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Experiments in Egyptian Archaeology: Stoneworking Technology in Ancient Egypt
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • List of Tables xi
  • List of Figures xiii
  • Foreword xxi
  • Acknowledgements xxiii
  • Predynastic and Dynastic Chronology xxvii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Craftworking 7
  • 2 - The Cutting Edge 25
  • 3 - A Flint for All Seasons 74
  • 4 - The Abrasive Technologists 103
  • 5 - Making Stone Vessels 139
  • 6 - The Development of Stone Sarcophagus Manufacture 169
  • 7 - Master Masonry Fitters 179
  • Part III - Industrial Revolution in Ancient Egypt 201
  • 8 - Theban Mass-Production Tools 203
  • 9 - By-Products from a Bygone Age 225
  • 10 - Ancient Technical Interrelationships 234
  • Glossary of Technical Terms 240
  • Bibliography 249
  • Figure Sources 256
  • Index 258
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