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Kom Tuman II: Late Period to Graeco-Roman Pottery, Volumes I and II

Sabine A. Laemmel
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794 pages, two-volume set
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This book presents a comprehensive study of the pottery from the Persian and Graeco-Roman periods at Memphis/KomTuman. The material analysed originates from a complex of administrative, residential, and artisanal quarters that lay at the foot of the palace of Apries mound in the northern part of the ruin field. The bulk of the ceramic finds consists of local Egyptian vessels, but imports, principally from East Greece and the Levant, are represented in significant proportions throughout the excavation areas. The pottery is discussed according to chronology, typology, context, and function, and is thoroughly illustrated with line drawings and photographs. Statistical data, based on thousands of recorded sherds, are presented in the appendixes and are integrated in the interpretation of the site. The results shed new light on the nature of the city and the life of its inhabitants from the time of Herodotus to that of Zenon of Caunos.

Sabine Laemmel read Classical Archaeology and Egyptology at the University of Geneva and completed her DPhil in Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Oxford in 2003. She has been working as a freelance ceramicist at various sites in Egypt since 2004.

‘Pottery studies are always important for comparative studies. This is especially true for the post-pharaonic epochs in Egypt. This work is therefore of great importance, as the results obtained from it contribute to a better understanding of the everyday culture of these periods in Egypt. Furthermore, the analysis of imported pottery not only reveals the relations of Memphis to the (eastern) Mediterranean region, but also embeds the city and its surroundings in a larger political and economic context.’ Dr Laura Rembart, Österreichisches Archäologisches Institut der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften

‘As the only book to deal with pottery of this date and from this area it does indeed fill a large gap in our knowledge of Memphis at this time. It is likely to become a well-thumbed standard reference volume, especially because the book contains an enormous amount of primary data. As Egypt was in close contact with the other civilisations which bounded the Central and Eastern Mediterranean during the second half of the First Millennium BC, this book is certainly of interest to those working in the Phoenician, Greek, Persian and Roman worlds, with imports from these areas being prevalent in this book.’ Dr David Aston, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften

Introduction (S3037_Laemmel_Introduction.pdf, 328 Kb) [Download]

Table of Contents (S3037_Laemmel_ToC.pdf, 219 Kb) [Download]