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Profane Landscapes, Sacred Spaces

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Collapse, crisis and transformation of cultures and civilizations are integral parts of human history. Underlying causes to crises may be searched for in internal factors within society itself, in external factors, or in a combination of both. While negative effects may be evident – such as starvation, epidemics, social unrest, war, natural disasters, overexploitation of natural resources – causal relationships are often complex and difficult to sort out. The ability to cope with crises has varied between societies and through time, and has depended on internal social and cultural factors. Crises may in some cases have led to societal collapse but may also have resulted in regeneration and social reforms that enabled further development and growth.

The rise, peak, decline, collapse and regeneration of cultural complexes and civilizations are the main topic of this volume. Societal crises are discussed and analysed from an archaeological and interdisciplinary perspective, both theoretical and empirical, regardless of their geographical or chronological context. By comparing individual studies the volume aims to identify and evaluate the ever repeating patterns and processes in the history of human culture and society.

Published: Sep 2, 2019


Section Chapter Authors
Preface Miroslav Bárta, Jiri Janak
Chapter 1
Climate Change, Fishing and the Nile: Changes in Fishing Techniques and Technologies at the End of the Old Kingdom John Burn
Chapter 2
The Pyramid of the Theban Mountain Andrzej Ćwiek
Chapter 3
Some Profane and Sacred Features from Thebes. Hunting Grounds and High Places in the West Bank Andrés Espinel
Chapter 4
Ancient Egyptian Response to the Natural World Linda Evans
Chapter 5
Running with Images: Ritualized Script in the Vogellauf, Rudderlauf and Vasenlauf Jiri Janak
Chapter 6
The Sacred Landscape of Dra Abu el-Naga Ángeles Jiménez-Higueras
Chapter 7
Ancient Egyptians and the Representation of Foreign Landscapes: The Ash-tree Reconsidered Claudia Kemna
Chapter 8
Demonstration of Literacy in the Landscape Hana Navratilova
Chapter 9
Did Hatshepsut Inherit Djeser-djeseru? Claire Ollet
Chapter 10
Sacred Places in the Profane Landscapes of Lower Nubia: A Case Study from the Czechoslovak Concessions Lenka Suková
Chapter 11
Lake Khufu: On the Waterfront at Giza - Modelling Water Transport Infrastructure at Fourth Dynasty Giza Mark Lehner