The Oasis Papers 9: A Tribute to Anthony J. Mills after Forty Years in Dakhleh Oasis [Hardback]

Gillian E. Bowen (Editor); Colin A. Hope (Editor)

ISBN: 9781789253764 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: Dakhleh Oasis Papers | Volume: IX | Year of Publication: 2019 | Language: English 496p, H280 x W216 (mm) b/w and colour

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The Oasis Papers 9: A Tribute to Anthony J. Mills after Forty Years in Dakhleh Oasis


This new volume in the Oasis Papers series marks the 40th anniversary of archaeological fieldwork in the Dakhleh Oasis in Egypt’s Western Desert under the leadership of Anthony J. Mills and presents a synthesis of the current state of our knowledge of the oasis and its interconnections with surrounding regions, especially the Nile Valley. The papers are by distinguished authorities in the field and postgraduate students who specialise in different aspects of Dakhleh and presents an almost complete survey of the archaeology of Dakhleh including much unpublished, original material. It will be one of the few to document a specific part of modern Egypt in such detail and thus should have a broad and lasting appeal. The content of some of the papers is unlikely to be published in any other form elsewhere. Dakhleh is possibly the most intensively examined wider geographic region within Egypt.

Table of Contents

Preface and Dedication
Conference Programme
The North Kharga Oasis Darb ‘Ain Amur Survey: Past Research and Future Questions
(Salima Ikram)
Ladies, Sandals and Giraffes. Four Decades of Rock Art Research by the Dakhleh Oasis Project
(Pawel L. Polkowski)
The Dakhleh Oasis: A Micro-Cosmos Reflecting Environmental and Social Changes
(Ursula Thanheiser)
Pleistocene Geoarchaeological Surveys, Kharga Oasis Prehistory Project (KOPP),
2001–2011 plus others, Western Desert of Egypt (Maxine R. Kleindienst)
The Holocene Prehistory of Dakhleh and Kharga Oases: the Masara and Bashendi
Cultural Units (Mary M. A. McDonald)
The Sheikh Muftah Cultural Unit: An Overview of Oasis/Desert Habitation during the 4th
and 3rd Millennia with Comments on Future Research Directions
(Ashten R. Warfe and Sarah M. Ricketts)
Historical Periods:
Bones of the Ancestors: 40 Years of Bioarchaeology in the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt
(Tosha L. Dupras, Peter G. Sheldrick, Lana J. Williams and Sandra M. Wheeler)
Trauma in Dakhleh Oasis (Peter G. Sheldrick)
Desert Deviations: Massaging Standard Writing Conventions in North Kharga’s Ancient Graffiti
(Nikolaos Lazaridis)
Seth in Hieratic and Demotic Sources from Dakhleh Oasis (Günter Vittmann)
Seth on Rocks: Rock Art Imagery in Dakhleh Oasis of the Pharaonic Period
(Pawel L. Polkowski)
Mapping Evidence for Early Dynastic Activity in the Dakhleh Region (Caleb R. Hamilton)
Happy Cattle Herders? The Case of the Sheikh Muftah Community at Balat, Dakhleh Oasis
(Clara Jeuthe and Veerle Linseele)
Forty Years Later: An Overview of the Excavations at Balat-‘Ain Aseel (Laure Pantalacci)
An Overview of Old Kingdom Egyptian Interest and Activity in the Western Desert
(Amy J. Pettman)
The Late Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period in the ‘Southern Oasis’
and the Theban Western Desert (John C. Darnell and Colleen Manassa Darnell)
Egypt’s Western Oases during the New Kingdom (Richard J. Long)
Egypt’s Western Oases during the Third Intermediate Period: An Overview (Richard J. Long)
Dakhleh Oasis in the Late Period (Caroline Hubschmann)
The Cemetery at ‘Ain Tirghi (Colin A. Hope)
Note sur l’usage du mandrin pour le façonnage des céramiques Oasis de Dakhleh et de Kharga,
Basse Époque, VIe–IVe s. av. J.-C. (Sylvie Marchand)
Ptolemaic and Late Roman:
Ptolemaic Dakhleh: An Overview of the Current State of Research (James C. R. Gill)
A Note on the Roman Period Sites in Dakhleh Oasis (Colin A. Hope)
The Bir al-Shaghala Necropolis: An Architectural Overview (Magdi Ibrahim and Sobhi Ashour)
Tomb 6 at Bir al-Shaghala, Mut (Maher Bashendi Amin)
Rock-cut Tombs in Eastern Dakhleh (Sabri Youssef Abd al-Rahman)
Dining with the Gods in the Painted Residence at Kellis? (Helen Whitehouse)
‘Ain al-Sabil in Dakhleh Oasis (Kamel A. Bayoumy and Mahmoud M. Masoud)
Christianity in Dakhleh Oasis: An Archaeological Overview (Gillian E. Bowen)
Changes in Funerary Structures at Kharga from ‘Traditional’ to ‘Christian’ Tombs
(Françoise Dunand)
The Coptic and Syriac, Christian and Manichaean Texts recovered from Ismant al-Kharab:
An Update on New Discoveries and Significant Research since First Publication
(Iain Gardner)
Contribution of the Textiles to the Study of the Site of Al-Deir, Kharga Oasis
(Fleur Letellier-Willemin)
Household Furnishing Textiles (Soft Furnishings) from Kellis (Rosanne Livingstone)
The Church at Dayr al-Malak in Dakhleh Oasis (Gillian E. Bowen and Colin A. Hope)
Islamic Sites in Dakhleh Oasis (Colin A. Hope)
The Qasr Dakhleh Project: An Overview (Fred Leemhuis)
Observations on Some Ceramics and a Stone Vessel from the 2013 Field Season at al-Qasr
(Paul Kucera)
The Remarkable Case of Halima ‘Uthman: A Glance into her Daily Life (Anetta Lyzwa-Piber)
Torpedoes from al-Qasaba: Ottoman Storage Jars along the Darb al-Tawil Caravan Route
in Dakhleh Oasis (Egypt) (Heiko Riemer)

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