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Nubia And Egypt

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The concept of what constitutes Egyptian versus Nubian enters into the broad scope of the discussion. The natural or geographical boundaries facing the Egyptian Nile Valley surely had an effect on ancient Egypt's view of itself and the outside world. This book outlines Egypt's interest in the region does not spring up overnight. Certainly once we enter the historic periods we are presented with a view, albeit an Egyptian one, of contact and exchange between Egypt and her southern neighbour. It focuses on the nature of a trade/exchange relationship between Egypt and Lower Nubia in the Predynastic Period. While these geographical divisions may seem to indicate a fixed cultural, ethnic and even political border, as shall be demonstrated, this was not the case. Ethnicity can be difficult to detect in the archaeological record. Archaeological as well as textual evidence can be used to illuminate cultural and ethnic differences and similarities.

Keywords: archaeological; cultural; Egypt; ethnicity; Nile Valley; Nubia; Predynastic Period; trade/exchange relationship



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