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Beyond the bounds of domestic life? Naqada: aspects of the settlement in the middle-late IV millennium BC

Di Pietro, GA; (2017) Beyond the bounds of domestic life? Naqada: aspects of the settlement in the middle-late IV millennium BC. In: Egypt at its Origins 5. Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference "Origin of the State. Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt". (pp. pp. 145-164). Peeters Publishers: Lewen. Green open access

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Abstract

Results of the writer's doctoral research project, conducted at the University of Naples ‘L'Orientale’ (or UNO) and completed in 2011, are presented in this paper. The project has been aimed at re-evaluating the role of Naqada in the sequence of social, economic, political and cultural development of the late Egyptian prehistory and in the formation process of the ancient Egyptian state, based on the evidence collected at the site by the Italian Archaeological Mission of the ‘Istituto Universitario Orientale’, Naples (today UNO), between 1977 and 1986 (director: C. Barocas; co-principal investigators: R. Fattovich, M. Tosi), and in light of new discoveries made in other parts of the Nile Valley in the last decades. While results of this research project will be included in the final report of the Italian Archaeological Mission at Naqada, which is currently in preparation for publication, an overview of them, especially concerning the main phase of development of the site, is outlined here. In particular, the hypothesis that during the phase Naqada IIC-IID - IIIA part of the settlement might have been occupied by a sort of administrative-ritual/ceremonial complex, possibly serving as a place for pooling and distribution of resources (subsistence and wealth goods), amongst other purposes, and involving part of the local and, to some extent, regional population, is suggested and discussed on the basis of architectural and artefactual evidence recovered by the Italian team at ZWE, the largest portion excavated at the site. Further suggestions concerning the first usage of the seal and its socioeconomic context at Naqada are also outlined.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Beyond the bounds of domestic life? Naqada: aspects of the settlement in the middle-late IV millennium BC
Event: Fifth International Conference "Origin of the State. Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt"
ISBN-13: 978-90-429-3443-6
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.peeters-leuven.be/boekoverz.asp?nr=1044...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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 S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1470271
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