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Qasr Ibrim House 1037

Resurrecting an Excavation

Graham Connah and David Pearson
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108pp. Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white: 3 tables, 52 figures (including 1 colour photograph and 41 black and white photographs)
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This book provides an account of the excavation of a single house at the Nubian site of Qasr Ibrim in 1986. The work provided a microcosm that investigated residential continuity in the context of cultural change, at a place remarkable for the survival of organic evidence. House 1037 should be considered in the context of other excavations at Qasr Ibrim, conducted for many years on behalf of the Egypt Exploration Society. This raises questions about its role in the context of African archaeology, as well as its wider relationships. The book is also a study of the problems arising from delayed publication of archaeological field research and of the extent to which they can be overcome. Much of the site has now been destroyed or damaged by the rising waters of Lake Nasser, so that the book is a record of an investigation that cannot be repeated: it is a 'resurrection' of the work.

Graham Connah, MA (Cantab), D.Litt (UNE), AM, FSA, FAHA, FRAI is an Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at the University of New England, Armidale, NSW, and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra. He has researched and published for many years on both African and Australian archaeology. David Pearson, BA Hons (ANU), FSA is an archaeologist and information technology specialist in Preservation Services at the National Library of Australia, Canberra. He has published extensively on both archaeological and digital preservation issues. His main research interests concern the technological and social contexts of conflict archaeology.REVIEW
'Qasr Ibrim has seen numerous excavations, but this particular component of them has not previously been published. As such, the data reported are new, original, and valuable for future interpretation of the site as a whole. … As a contribution to understanding Qasr Ibrim this is an important piece of work.' Prof. Peter Mitchell, St. Hugh's College, Oxford
'[This work] contributes to our understanding of the changes at Qasr Ibrim itself and at other urban sites in Lower Nubia as well.' Dr Artur Obłuski, Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology.

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