There is a notable lack of archaeological science used in
Egyptology and Egyptian archaeology today. The reasons behind this
are twofold: one, the discipline started with the early translation
of Hieroglyphs which, combined with the large amount of written and
pictorial material available, has long overshadowed the study of
the material culture, including archaeology. Second are the
practical and bureaucratic challenges to be found in obtaining
access to material. In the light of these challenges, the lack of
application of archaeological science in Egypt is hardly
Science in the Study of Ancient Egypt demonstrates how to
integrate scientific methodologies into Egyptology broadly, and in
Egyptian archaeology in particular, in order to maximise the amount
of information that might be obtained within a study of ancient
Egypt, be it field, museum, or laboratory-based. The authors
illustrate the inclusive but varied nature of the scientific
archaeology being undertaken, revealing that it all falls under the
aegis of Egyptology, and demonstrating its potential for the
elucidation of problems within traditional Egyptology.
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