Ceramic manufacturing techniques and cultural traditions in Nubia from the 8th to the 3rd millennium BC : examples from Sai Island / Giulia D'Ercole
- D'Ercole, Giula
- Oxford : Archaeopress Publishing Ltd., 
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- xviii, 186 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 28 cm.
- Archaeopress Archaeology
Cambridge monographs in African archaeology ; 96
- 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 chaines operatoires: continuity and discontinuity in the ceramic assemblages of Sai Island; 6. The Sai Island sequence and the Nubian and Sudanese traditions; Bibliography.
- In Sudan the first ceramic containers appeared at the beginning of the 9th millennium BC, with the earliest dates c. 8700 BC from Sorourab 2, in Central Sudan, and c. 8600 BC from the district of Amara West, in Northern Sudan. 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. They go from the initial appearance of ceramic technology within hunting-fishing-gathering communities living in permanent or semi-permanent settlements (locally named `Khartoum Variant' or `Mesolithic' horizon: c. 7600-4800 BC), through the ceramic productions of the first 'Neolithic' pastoral societies (Abkan horizon: c. 5550a- 3700 BC), to those of the Pre-Kerma Nubian culture (c. 3600a- 2500 BC).
- 9781784916718 (paperback)
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- Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-186).
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