Friday, December 18, 2015

Open Access Monograph Series: Amheida [NYU Excavations at Amheida in Egypt's Dakhleh Oasis]

Amheida [NYU Excavations at Amheida in Egypt's Dakhleh Oasis]

    Amheida I: Ostraka from Trimithis 1

    Catalog and analysis of 455 inscribed ostraka from the NYU excavations at Amheida, Egypt
    Roger S. Bagnall and Giovanni R. RuffiniNYU Press, 2012. ISBN13: 978-0814745267.more: publisher | worldcat | full-text | jstor
    At left: figure 9 from online version of text.

    Amheida II: A Late Romano-Egyptian House in Dakhla Oasis, Amheida House B2

    Multi-disciplinary report on a Late Roman House from the NYU excavations at Amheida, Egypt
    Anna L. Boozer, with contributions from Douglas V. Campana, Angela Cervi, Pam J. Crabtree, Paola Davoli, Delphine Dixneuf, David Ratzan, Giovanni Ruffini, Ursula Thanheiser, and Johannes Walter
    NYU Press, 2015. ISBN13: 978-1479880348.
    more: publisher | worldcat | full-text | jstor

    This archaeological report provides a comprehensive study of the excavations carried out at House B2, a late third to early fourth century house at Trimithis (Roman Amheida) between 2005 and 2007. The excavations at Amheida in Egypt’s Western Desert, begun in 2001 under the aegis of Columbia University and sponsored by NYU since 2008, are investigating all aspects of social life and material culture at the administrative center of ancient Trimithis. This volume presents and discusses the architecture, artifacts and ecofacts recovered from House B2 in a holistic manner, which has never before been attempted in a full report on the excavation of a Romano-Egyptian house. The primary aim of this volume is to combine an architectural and material-based study with an explicitly contextual and theoretical analysis. In so doing, it develops a methodology and presents a case study of how the rich material remains of Romano-Egyptian houses may be used to investigate the relationship between domestic remains and social identity.

    Amheida III: Ostraka from Trimithis, Volume 2. Greek Texts from the 2008-2013 Seasons

    Rodney Ast and Roger S. Bagnall, with contributions from Clementina Caputo and Rafaella Cribiore. ISAW & NYU Press, 2016. ISBN13: 978-1-4798-5374-8
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    This is the second volume of ostraka from the excavations conducted at the site of Amheida, ancient Trimithis. It adds 491 items to the growing corpus of primary texts from the site. The first installment, Amheida I: Ostraka from Trimithis, contained ostraka from the excavation seasons 2004–2007; the present volume picks up from there through 2013. While the core of the volume is the publication of primary textual evidence, the analytical chapters that precede the catalog make important contributions to understanding the role of ostraka in the life of a Late Roman town. Issues addressed include tenancy, the administration of water, governance, the identification of individuals in the archaeological record, and the uses of personal names. Additionally, the chapter "Ceramic Fabrics and Shapes” by Clementina Caputo is a methodologically rigorous study that investigates the concerns that went into the selection of particular sherds as suitable bearers of text.


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