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The Management of Estates and their Resources in the Egyptian Old Kingdom. By Joyce Swinton. BAR International Series 2392. Archaeopress, Oxford, 2012, vi+248 pp. ISBN 978-1-4073-0984-2. £ 39.00 (Paperback).

The Management of Estates and their Resources in the Egyptian Old Kingdom. By Joyce Swinton. BAR... Book Review One of the walls in the valley temple of King Sneferu's pyramid complex at Dahshur (ca 2600 BC) is decorated with an elaborate scene showing a procession of women carrying offerings. Each of these women is a personification of an agricultural estate, or pr dt, in the Egyptian Old Kingdom (ca 2686­2125 BC). As Barry kemp (1989: 166) points out, these decorative images illustrate "the Egyptian genius for deft symbolic presentation of humdrum reality". There are also a number of roughly contemporary textual sources for the nature and functioning of `estates', such as papyri from Gebelein bearing conscription lists and commodity accounts, helping to fill out some of the people and things that populate such phenomena (poseneR-kRiégeR 1975). The book reviewed here primarily explores the many visual sources for Kemp's `humdrum reality' in all its diversity, addressing some of the implications of estates in terms of our understanding of the Egyptian economic and social system in the Old Kingdom, but particularly also the relationships between people, fauna, flora and environment in northeast Africa in the 3rd millennium BC. The six thematic sections of the book -- into which the fifteen chapters are organized -- comprise an http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

The Management of Estates and their Resources in the Egyptian Old Kingdom. By Joyce Swinton. BAR International Series 2392. Archaeopress, Oxford, 2012, vi+248 pp. ISBN 978-1-4073-0984-2. £ 39.00 (Paperback).

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 11 (1): 117 – Oct 25, 2013

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© Copyright 2013 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1612-1651
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Book Review One of the walls in the valley temple of King Sneferu's pyramid complex at Dahshur (ca 2600 BC) is decorated with an elaborate scene showing a procession of women carrying offerings. Each of these women is a personification of an agricultural estate, or pr dt, in the Egyptian Old Kingdom (ca 2686­2125 BC). As Barry kemp (1989: 166) points out, these decorative images illustrate "the Egyptian genius for deft symbolic presentation of humdrum reality". There are also a number of roughly contemporary textual sources for the nature and functioning of `estates', such as papyri from Gebelein bearing conscription lists and commodity accounts, helping to fill out some of the people and things that populate such phenomena (poseneR-kRiégeR 1975). The book reviewed here primarily explores the many visual sources for Kemp's `humdrum reality' in all its diversity, addressing some of the implications of estates in terms of our understanding of the Egyptian economic and social system in the Old Kingdom, but particularly also the relationships between people, fauna, flora and environment in northeast Africa in the 3rd millennium BC. The six thematic sections of the book -- into which the fifteen chapters are organized -- comprise an

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Journal of African ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Oct 25, 2013

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