Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile
by Marjorie M. Fisher, Peter Lacovara, and Salima Ikram, Illustrated by Chester Higgins, Jr.
Publication Date: Sep 06, 2012
List Price: $75.00
Format: Hardcover, 472 pages
Imprint: The American University in Cairo Press
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Parent Company: The American University in Cairo
2012 American Publishers (PROSE) Awards winner for Best Archaeology & Anthropology Book For most of the modern world, ancient Nubia seems an unknown and enigmatic land. Only a handful of archaeologists have studied its history or unearthed the Nubian cities, temples, and cemeteries that once dotted the landscape of southern Egypt and northern Sudan. Nubia’s remote setting in the midst of an inhospitable desert, with access by river blocked by impassable rapids, has lent it not only an air of mystery, but also isolated it from exploration. Over the past century, particularly during this last generation, scholars have begun to focus more attention on the fascinating cultures of ancient Nubia, ironically prompted by the construction of large dams that have flooded vast tracts of the ancient land. This book attempts to document some of what has recently been discovered about ancient Nubia, with its remarkable history, architecture, and culture, and thereby to give us a picture of this rich, but unfamiliar, African legacy.