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Cultural convergence in the Neolithic of the Nile Valley: a prehistoric perspective on Egypt's place in Africa

Wengrow, D; Dee, M; Foster, S; Stevenson, A; Ramsey, CB; (2014) Cultural convergence in the Neolithic of the Nile Valley: a prehistoric perspective on Egypt's place in Africa. ANTIQUITY , 88 (339) 95 - 111. Green open access

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Abstract

The African origins of Egyptian civilisation lie in an important cultural horizon, the ‘primary pastoral community’, which emerged in both the Egyptian and Sudanese parts of the Nile Valley in the fifth millennium BC. A re-examination of the chronology, assisted by new AMS determinations from Neolithic sites in Middle Egypt, has charted the detailed development of these new kinds of society. The resulting picture challenges recent studies that emphasise climate change and environmental stress as drivers of cultural adaptation in north-east Africa. It also emphasises the crucial role of funerary practices and body decoration.

Type: Article
Title: Cultural convergence in the Neolithic of the Nile Valley: a prehistoric perspective on Egypt's place in Africa
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Keywords: Egypt, Sahara, Pastoralism, Primary pastoral community, Badarian, Climate change
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1425754
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