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204 pages

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Published Dec 2017

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Sai Island; Nubia; Middle Nile Valley; Northern Sudan; African Archaeology; Prehistory; Ceramics; Pottery Studies; Mesolithic

Cambridge Monographs in African Archaeology 96

Ceramic manufacturing techniques and cultural traditions in Nubia from the 8th to the 3rd millennium BC

Examples from Sai Island

By Giulia D’Ercole

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This book presents a comprehensive critical analysis of diverse ceramic assemblages from Sai Island, in the Middle Nile Valley of Northern Sudan, on the border between ancient Upper and Lower Nubia. The assemblages included in this study cover about five millennia, spanning the period c. 8000 to c. 2500 BC.



Foreword ;
Introduction ;
1. Nubia and its cultural sequences between the 8th and the 3rd millennium BC: Khartoum Variant, Abkan and Pre-Kerma ;
2. Sai Island: archaeological research and cultural sequence ;
3. Ceramic productions on Sai Island: analysis of the macroscopic data ;
4. Archaeometric analysis ;
5. Comparing chaînes operatoires: continuity and discontinuity in the ceramic assemblages of Sai Island ;
6. The Sai Island sequence and the Nubian and Sudanese traditions ;