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Title: Two Egypts : an archaeological study of rural settlement in Roman and Byzantine Egypt
Author: Wyman, Amanda C.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2743 3682
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2011
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This dissertation presents an investigation of the archaeology of rural civilian settlement in Roman and Byzantine Egypt. For the first time. a catalogue of all published archaeological evidence for settlement of this sort is presented. The catalogue is then used to evaluate the current view - founded on written material - that the Egyptian countryside was exceptionally rich and dominated by great estates. New criteria for interpreting sites are set out and employed to recognise a very limited range of site-types. Subsequent analysis shows the absence of exceptional wealth and villas but strong evidence of the zoning of site-types, unanticipated from texts. This enables one to approach more accurately the realities of everyday life in Roman and Byzantine Egypt.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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