From Egypt to Mesopotamia
A Study of Predynastic Trade Routes
Nautical Archaeology - Anthropology
6 x 9, 200 pp.
1 b&w photo. 43 line drawings., 14 maps., 2 tables.
Pub Date: 02/13/2006
Studies in Nautical Archaeology
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Published by Texas A&M University Press

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From Egypt to Mesopotamia

A Study of Predynastic Trade Routes

By Samuel Mark

In Near Eastern studies, it has come to be accepted by many as fact that predynastic trade routes connected Egypt and Mesopotamia. The existence of such trade routes, however, has until recently largely been based upon the two regions’ shared influences rather than on archaeological evidence.

In From Egypt to Mesopotamia, Samuel Mark ferrets out the two possible trade routes between these two vastly different cultures. Ancient shipwreck sites and recently discovered artifacts allow Mark to delineate avenues of trade between Egypt and Mesopotamia. Taking to task previous studies that describe the Egypt-Mesopotamia trade connection as being one between two homogeneous cultures, Mark focuses on the variety of cultural differences, rather than their shared similarities, to map the infusion of these cultures.

Scholars, students, and nautical archeology and egyptology enthusiasts will appreciate this probing, fascinating trek through sea, sand, and time, unfolding the development of trade routes in the East.

Samuel Mark is pursuing a Ph.D. in anthropology at Texas A&M University. He has performed extensive fieldwork at shipwreck excavation sites and has contributed to the study of Homeric ship construction.

What Readers Are Saying:

“Mark offers a revisionist interpretation of one of ancient Egypt’s important moments: the unification of north and south into a united kingdom at the beginning of Dynasty I. . . . well written, clear, and persuasive.” --CHOICE

“The book meets the high publishing standards set by its predecessors.” --INA Quarterly


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