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Decline in ancient Egypt? A reassessment of the late new kingdom and third intermediate period

Mushett Cole, Edward James (2017)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

The late New Kingdom and Third Intermediate Period (1215-650 BC) have been, and continue to be, interpreted as periods of decline and dramatic change within ancient Egyptian history. This thesis challenges such views through an analysis of those interpretations and the evidence used to support them. In so doing I have evaluated if these periods do reflect a decline from previous periods and if the changes were as all-encompassing as previously suggested.
In order to carry out this evaluation three key processes have been examined through detailed analysis of related datasets. These will establish the complexity of the periods, and the potential for nuance within specific datasets which is masked by the current descriptions. Reference has also been made to cross-cultural comparisons and ethno-archaeological theories as many of these processes have been identified in other societies and discussed outside Egyptology.
This has led to some clarity regarding the complexity of the periods, recognising the extensive level of continuity and possible explanations for the changes visible, and thus an alternative to the 'simplistic' interpretation of decline and decay.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Leahy, Anthony
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:School of History and Cultures, Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology
Subjects:CC Archaeology
D051 Ancient History
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:7624
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