Survey of Regional Prehistory: Egypt and the Near East
Professor R. Wright

Readings for Egypt and the Near East

Cartoon of an Egyptian Epigraphic Conundrum!

You will find information and links here for:

Where to find the readings:

Texts for the course may be found at:

NYU Book Center, 18 Washington Place (between Washington Square Park and Greene St.), (212) 998-4667

Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South (corner of 4th St.), Reserve Desk (A Level; 2 floors below street level), (212) 998-2475,

If books ordered for the course run out or you cannot find material on reserve, please notify us at or 998-8568 or 998-8569.


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Resource Bibliographies:

The bibliography will be updated according to student need. Please send citations for publications not found here to

Adams, Robert McC. 1960. The Origins of Cities. Scientific American September:3-10.

Adams, Robert McC. 1969. The Study of Ancient Mesopotamian Settlement Patterns and the Problem of Urban Origins. Sumer 25:111-123.

Adams, Robert McC. 1981. Heartland of Cities. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Bottero, J. 1995. Textes Culinaires Mesopotamiens. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.

Butzer, Karl. 1976. Early Hydraulic Civilization in Egypt. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

David, Rosalie. 1988. The Egyptian Kingdoms. Oxford, England: Phaidon.

Eyre, C. J. 1987. Work and the Organization of Work in the Old Kingdom. In Labor in the Ancient Near East, edited by M. Powell. New Haven: American Oriental Society.

Hayes, William C. 1990. Scepter of Egypt. A Background for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

Hoffman, Michael. 1979. Egypt Before the Pharoahs. New York: Knopf.

Jacobsen, Thorkild. 1976. Treasures of Darkness. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Kemp, Barry. 1989. Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilization. London: Routledge.

Knapp, A. Bernard. 1988. The History and Culture of Ancient Western Asia. Illinois: Dorsey Press.

Lamberg-Karlovsky, C. C. and Rita P. Wright. n.d. The Tigris and Euphrates Valley. Unpublished Manuscript.

Lehner, Mark. 1993. Giza. The Oriental Institute Annual Report 1991-1992:56-67.

Michalowski, Piotr. 1993. Letters from Early Mesopotamia. Atlanta: Scholars Press.

Moens, M-F. and W. Wetterstrom. 1988. Agricultural Economy of an Old Kingdom Town in Egypt's Western Delta. Journal of Near Eastern Studies 47(3).

Oates, David and Joan Oates. 1976. The Rise of Civilizations. Oxford, England: Elsevier Phaidon.

O'Connor, David. 1990. Ancient Egyptian Society. Pittsburg: Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Perry, Glenn E. 1983. The Middle East: Fourteen Islamic Centuries. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc.

Pollock, Susan. 1992. Bureaucrats and Managers, Peasants and Pastoralists, Imperialists and Traders: Research on the Uruk and Jemdet Nasr Periods in Mesopotamia. Journal of World Prehistory: 6(3):297-328.

Postgate, J. N. 1992. Early Mesopotamia. New York: Routledge.

Quirke, Stephen and Jeffrey Spencer. 1992. The British Museum Book of Anceint Egypt. London: British Museum Press.

Reade, Julian. 1991. Mesopotamia. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Redford, Donald. 1986. Egypt and Western Asia in the Old Kingdom. Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt XXII.

Redman, Charles. 1978. The Rise of Civilization. San Francisco, CA: W.H. Freeman and Company.

Robins, Gay. 1993. Women in Ancient Egypt. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Smith, H. S. 1992. The Making of Egypt. In The Followers of Horus, edited by R. Friedman and B. Adams, pp. 235-246. Egyptian Studies Publication No. 2, Oxbow Monograph 20.

Trigger, Bruce, et al. 1983. Ancient Egypt: A Social History. Cambridge: Cambridge Univiersity Press.

Vitelli, K. D. 1996. Archaeological Ethics. Walnut Creek: Altamira Press.

Wenke, Robert. 1986. Old Kingdom Community Organization in the Western Egyptian Delta. Norwegian Archaeological Review 19(1):13-33.

Wenke, Robert. 1990. Patterns in Prehistory. New York: Oxford University Press.

Wenke, Robert. 1991 The Evolution of Early Egyptian Civilization: Issues and Evidence. Journal of World Prehistory 5(3):279-325.

Wolkstein, Diane and Samuel Noah Kramer. 1983. Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth. New York: Harper and Row, Publishers.

Wright, Rita P. 1996. Gender in Archaeology. Phildelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.
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