Holocene Settlement of the Egyptian Sahara
The ceramic assemblages from the Nabta Playa and Bir Kiseiba area have played an important role in recognizing and defining the cultural sequence in the Egyptian Western desert. The exploration of the desert sites has yielded a ceramic chronology for the area that reaches back 6000 years to the earliest discovered pottery.
By taking a comprehensive approach to ceramic analysis, researchers were able to categorize pottery by scheme, construction, and distribution. This methodology allows for:
- describing the types of pottery uncovered;
- discussing the attempts at sourcing pottery;
- highlighting new methods of identifying types of pottery; and
- detailing the distribution of the various types from that region.
This work presents a first look at the Egyptian ceramic sequence in the light of the new archaeological evidence and will be of interest to archaeologists, ceramics specialists, and historians working in northern Africa.