The Archaeology of the First Farmer-Herders in Egypt

New Insights into the Fayum Epipalaeolithic and Neolithic

Noriyuki Shirai

Noriyuki Shirai

Distributed for Leiden University Press

402 pages | illustrated throughout | 8 1/4 x 10 3/4
Paper $65.00 ISBN: 9789087280796 Published August 2012 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
This exhaustive study explores the rise of farming and herding in the Fayum oasis in the Egyptian Western Desert. The neolithic farmer-herders in the Fayum relied heavily on hunting and fishing, which had been the major subsistence activities since the Epipaleolithic period. Shiari’s research on lithic artifacts used by the Epipaleolithic hunter-fishers and Neolithic farmer-herders in the Fayum is a unique investigation into the mobility and residential strategy of the Fayum people and their time and labor investments in tool production.
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