Human occupation of the Nile Delta during pre- and early dynastic times. A View from Kom el-Khilgan

Yann Tristant, Morgan De Dapper, Béatrix Midant-Reynes

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Research in the Nile Delta over the past twenty years has confirmed interest in the study of the northern part of Egypt. At the crossroads of Saharan Africa, the Nile Valley and Levant, this area saw original cultures borrowing their principal features from various sources. Their development announces the rise of Pharaonic civilisation and the birth of the state in Egypt. Work carried out in this area, which is considered to be the part of Egypt the most threatened by urbanism and agricultural pressure, gives rise to new ideas about human occupation during the 4'h millennium BC. The aim of this paper is to present the interest in geoarchaeology in the context of the Nile Delta in order to the study of the relationships between man and his environment. From the example of Kom el-Khilgan, to which several geoarchaeological techniques have been applied (geological profiling, classical hand augering, geo-electrical profiling and sounding) this study makes possible a better understanding of the original morphology of the landscape during the course of its history.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEgypt at its origins 2
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the international conference "Origin of the State, Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt", Toulouse (France), 5th-8th September 2005
EditorsB. Midant-Reynes, Y. Tristant, J. Rowland, S. Hendrickx
Place of PublicationLeuven ; Dudley, MA
PublisherPeeters Publishers
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9789042919945
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventEgypt at its Origins (2nd : 2005) - Toulouse, France
Duration: 5 Sept 20058 Sept 2005

Publication series

NameOrientalia Lovaniensia analecta
PublisherPeeters Publishers


ConferenceEgypt at its Origins (2nd : 2005)
CityToulouse, France


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