Ain el-Gedida

2006-2008 Excavations of a Late Antique Site in Egypt's Western Desert

652 pages

March, 2019

ISBN: 9781479803019



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Nicola Aravecchia is Assistant Professor of Classics at Washington University in Saint Louis and field director of the 'Ain el-Gedida archaeological mission. He was co-author of Oasis City, also published by NYU Press and ISAW.

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Roger S. Bagnall is Professor of Ancient History and Leon Levy Director of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University. He is author, co-author, and editor of many books including Egypt in Late Antiquity and Everyday Writing in the Graeco-Roman East.

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Douglas V. Campana is a retired archaeologist from the US National Park Service whose background is in Near Eastern prehistory. In addition to many archaeological reports, he is editor of Before Farming: Hunter-Gatherer Society and Subsistence.

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Pamela J. Crabtree is Professor of Anthropology at New York University. She is author and co-author of many zooarchaeological reports from sites in Europe and the Mediterranean.

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Delphine Dixneuf is a Research Scientist at Laboratoire D'archéologie Médiévale Et Moderne En Méditerranée (CNRS), Université d'Aix-Marseille. She specializes in the ceramics of Late Roman and Early Islamic Egypt and has published extensively on these topics.

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Dorota Dzierzbicka is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw. Her research focuses mainly on the economy and society of Graeco-Roman Egypt, drawing on the methodologies of papyrology, archaeology, and historical studies.

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David M. Ratzan is the Head of the Library of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at NYU. He is the author of several articles and chapters and is co-editor of two edited volumes, Growing up Fatherless in Antiquity (with Sabine Huebner) and Law and Transaction Costs in the Ancient Economy (with Dennis Kehoe and Uri Yiftach-Firanko.

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‘Ain el-Gedida: 2006-2008 Excavations of a Late Antique Site in Egypt's Western Desert is a presentation of primary evidence from an archaeological dig at ‘Ain el-Gedida. ‘Ain el-Gedida dates to the 4th century and is a uniquely important archaeological site for the study of early Egyptian Christianity; it is also a rare example of a type of Late Roman rural settlement that was previously known only from written sources.

The authors first present the data collected during excavations of various buildings and rooms at ‘Ain el-Gedida; in the second half of the book, specialists on the ‘Ain el-Gedida research team catalog and describe what was found at the site: ceramics, coins, ostraka, and zooarcheological remains.