By Emily Teeter
This catalog for an convey at Chicago's Oriental Institute Museum provides the latest examine at the Predynastic and Early Dynastic sessions in a lavishly illustrated layout. Essays at the upward thrust of the nation, touch with the Levant and Nubia, crafts, writing, iconography, and proof from Abydos, inform el-Farkha, Hierakonpolis, and the Delta, have been contributed by means of major students within the box. The catalog positive aspects 129 Predynastic and Early Dynastic gadgets, so much from the Oriental Institute's assortment, that illustrate the environmental atmosphere, Predynastic and Early Dynastic tradition, faith, and the royal burials at Abydos. This quantity should be a typical reference and a staple for school room use.
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It is much better represented in the Nile Delta proper at the site of Buto (von der Way 1993–2007; Faltings 1998a, 1998b, 1998c; Faltings et al. 2000; Hartung 2003c, 2007b, 2007c, 2008; Hartung et al. 2003b, 2007) and its two peripheral stations, Ezbet el-Qerdahi and Konasiyet es-Sardushi in the northwest, as well as at the sites of Tell el-Farkha (Chłodnicki and Ciałowicz 2002–2008; Mączyńska 2003–2008; Jucha 2005; Ciałowicz 2005-2009), Kom el-Khilgan (Midant-Reynes et al. 2003, 2004; Buchez and Midant-Reynes 2007; Tristant et al.
243). The permanent expansion of Naqada culture to the north seems to confirm that Lower Egyptian culture, also known as Maadi-Buto, is a rather tendentious nomination since a compact regional cultural coherence was, judging from the data in hand, not extant in Lower Egypt at the time. In contrast to Naqada culture, the Delta communities (Midant-Reynes 2003, p. 114, map 3) comprise a few big villages still adhering to the Neolithic-minded logistic characterized by a somewhat “slower realization of the full potential” (Trigger 1985, p.
The skill involved leaves little doubt that the same craftsmen created the exquisite flint ibex also recovered nearby, as well as the numerous other flint animals found in the corners of other structures, always in association with arrowheads and weaponry, symbolic of control (Friedman 2008a–b and 2010). Members of a relatively rare class of artifact (only about sixty examples are known), these flint figurines from the HK6 cemetery now represents the largest single assemblage of flint animals with known provenance from anywhere in Egypt (fig.