A history of art in ancient Egypt by Georges Perrot, Charles Chipiez, Walter Armstrong

By Georges Perrot, Charles Chipiez, Walter Armstrong

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INTRODUCTION their presence or absence is always an issue pertaining to progress through time. Others have suggested that the replacement of the sinuous-sided cup with the so-called cyma recta cup form marks the beginning of Phase 2, but this is problematic in that some assemblages do not feature cyma recta cups at all (Wilkinson 2004: 90). Furthermore, sinuous-sided cups have now been shown to have extended well into Phase 2 and possibly even later (Porter in press). It is clear that further fine-tuning of the ceramic sequence still needs to be done for these early phases of the Early Bronze Age.

7j). 7h, l). These jars make their first appearance in Phase 5, but they continue into Phase 6, where they become even more frequent. For the most part, these jars have wide, globular bodies. Many may be akin to the jars just mentioned since they are usually neckless, although many have wider bodies and rim diameters. Phase 5 is defined especially by the appearance of many restricted necked storage jars. 7m). Such large jars have no precursors in the earlier phases of the Early Bronze, but they continue into Phase 6 and the subsequent Middle Bronze Age, albeit with different rim forms.

Where the river valley is wider and the channel is less deeply entrenched, minor streams break off and rejoin the main channel between lengths of 3 and 6 km (Wilkinson 2004: 20). The river may also occasionally break through its meanders, causing a shift in the course of the channel altogether. In such cases, ancient settlements that were once situated near the river’s edge have either been completely erased by river erosion or obscured by sedimentation (Wilkinson 2004: 34). In other cases, sites are now situated on the edges of relict channels which lie at a considerable distance to the present river course (Besançon and Sanlaville 1985: 11).

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