Tell el-Iswid 2006-2010

the archaeology of the Eastern Nile Delta in the 4th millennium BC

Béatrix Midant-Reynes, Nathalie Buchez, Gaëlle Bréand, Francois Briois, Julien Cavero, Anne-Sophie Coupey, Morgan De Dapper, Nathalie Delhopital, Aline Emery-Barbier, Rachid El-Hajaoui, Samuel Guérin, Frédéric Guyot, Christiane Hochstrasser-Petit, Joséphine Lesur, Mathilde Minotti, Ilona Regulski, Jérôme Robitaille, Loic Torchy, Yann Tristant

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Abstract

For a long time, it was widely considered that human occupation was impossible in the Nile Delta prior to the Dynastic Period. However, geological and archaeological research conducted during the past two decades has shown that the current Nile Delta conditions already existed during the 6th millenium BC (Stanley and Warne 1993). Although little is known of the role played by the region in the process of the Neolothization of Egypt, due to the high sedimentation rate of the area, the major cultural changes of the 4th millennium BC were brought to light at the key sites of Maadi and Buto, which gave their name to a specific Lower Egyptian Culture: "Maadi-Buto". Ongoing excavations at Tell el-Farkha, initiated by the Polish mission 16 years ago, have contributed to a renewed vision of Lower Egyptian society during the 4th millennium BC. This paper is devoted to the French excavation at Tell el-Iswid (2006-2009) and should be considered as a friendly message from the Iswid team to Krysztof Ciałowicz and our colleagues from Tell el-Farkha.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAegyptus est imago caeli
Subtitle of host publicationstudies presented to Krzysztof M. Ciałowicz on his 60th birthday
EditorsMariusz A. Jucha, Joanna Dębowska-Ludwin, Piotr Kołodziejczyk
Place of PublicationKrakow, Poland
PublisherInstitute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University in Krakow
Pages37-56
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9788393421886
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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    Midant-Reynes, B., Buchez, N., Bréand, G., Briois, F., Cavero, J., Coupey, A-S., ... Tristant, Y. (2014). Tell el-Iswid 2006-2010: the archaeology of the Eastern Nile Delta in the 4th millennium BC. In M. A. Jucha, J. Dębowska-Ludwin, & P. Kołodziejczyk (Eds.), Aegyptus est imago caeli: studies presented to Krzysztof M. Ciałowicz on his 60th birthday (pp. 37-56). Krakow, Poland: Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University in Krakow.