This latest volume in the Studies in Funerary Archaeology series presents an Egyptian case study from the 4th millennium BC within the framework of wider studies and analyses of early complex societies. Mortuary Practices and Social Transformation is concerned with means by which to approach mortuary data - especially when there is a considerable lack of settlement data - to consider both what it can tell about the living world, but also what it can tell us about relationships between the dead and the living. The volume gives an overview of the period prior to and during the rise of the Egyptian state and presents a clear methodology for approaching mortuary data, including the importance of chronological divisions by which researchers can have the opportunity to monitor change over time. Joanne Rowland embeds discussion of the results of her analysis within a comparison of various aspects of mortuary data throughout Egypt from the Neolithic until the Early Dynastic period (late 6th millennium-c. 2900 BC) emphasising aspects of regional differentiation, as well as local environmental niches, and addressing questions as to the actual purpose for the foundation of these sites, their function(s) and reasons for their variable longevity. This in-depth study is the first monograph dealing with data from the cemetery of Kafr Hassan Dawood, and, as such, presents a section on the ceramic chronology for the site, within the framework of other Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egyptian sites.
Joanne M. Rowland
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Series: Studies in Funerary Archaeology
28 February 2021
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Chapter 1. Introduction, Theory and perspectives on Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt. Approaches for the application of mortuary data to the rise of complex societies Chapter 2. The Sites: Data and Chronology Chapter 3. Methodology Chapter 4. Data analysis Chapter 5. Discussion: The results in the context of Predynastic-Early Dynastic Egyptian mortuary practices on a wider geographical scale Chapter 6. Conclusions
Joanne Rowland is a Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. She obtained her PhD at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, on early Egyptian mortuary practices and the rise of complex societies, which have remained two of her key research interests. Other research interests are the dynamics of early human movement and later settlement, with the Nile Delta as a main focus, a region in which she is currently directing two fieldwork projects.