The Society's Ricardo A Caminos Memorial Library is kept up to date thanks to donations from members, publishers, and academic institutes as well as an extensive exchange programme. Our collection covers topics highlighted for research in our scientific programme and the history of Egyptology more broadly. 

Below are some of the recent acquisitions we have received for the library collections and we would like to thank those that have donated volumes. 

Archaeologists in Print: Publishing for the People (2018)

Amara Thornton

ISBN: 978-1-78735-259-9

Archaeologists in Print is a history of popular publishing in archaeology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, a pivotal period of expansion and development in both archaeology and publishing. It examines how British archaeologists produced books and popular periodical articles for a non-scholarly audience, and explores the rise in archaeologists’ public visibility. Notably, it analyses women’s experiences in archaeology alongside better known male contemporaries as shown in their books and archives. In the background of this narrative is the history of Britain’s imperial expansion and contraction, and the evolution of modern tourism in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. Archaeologists exploited these factors to gain public and financial support and interest, and build and maintain a reading public for their work, supported by the seasonal nature of excavation and tourism. Reinforcing these publishing activities through personal appearances in the lecture hall, exhibition space and site tour, and in new media – film, radio and television – archaeologists shaped public understanding of archaeology. It was spadework, scripted.  

The image of the archaeologist as adventurous explorer of foreign lands, part spy, part foreigner, eternally alluring, solidified during this period. That legacy continues, undimmed, today. 

Hardback £40 / paperback £20 / PDF FREE

Volume donated by UCL Press

Pharaoh. The Face of Power (2017), Museum Catalogue of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Tine Bagh 

ISBN: 9788774523543

During the Middle Kingdom the role of Pharaoh is brought home in representations of, especially, Sesostris III and Amenemhat III’s imposing, lined faces. These two powerful pharaohs and many other key works from the exhibition bring the reader closer to Pharaoh and his Egypt with his queens and staff of officials, as well as life and death along the Nile under his stern gaze.

Paperback: 150 DKK (approx. €17)

Volume donated by author

God's Library: The Archaeology of the Earliest Christian Manuscripts (2018)

Brent Nongbri

ISBN: 9780300215410

In this bold and groundbreaking book, Brent Nongbri provides an up-to-date introduction to the major collections of early Christian manuscripts and demonstrates that much of what we thought we knew about these books and fragments is mistaken. While biblical scholars have expended much effort in their study of the texts contained within our earliest Christian manuscripts, there has been a surprising lack of interest in thinking about these books as material objects with individual, unique histories. We have too often ignored the ways that the antiquities market obscures our knowledge of the origins of these manuscripts.
Through painstaking archival research and detailed studies of our most important collections of early Christian manuscripts, Nongbri vividly shows how the earliest Christian books are more than just carriers of texts or samples of handwriting. They are three-dimensional archaeological artifacts with fascinating stories to tell, if we’re willing to listen.

Hardback: £25

Volume donated by author

Women Travellers on the Nile (2016) and other Deborah Manley books

Deborah Manley

ISBN: 978-9-77416-787-4 

Women travelers in Egypt in the nineteenth century saw aspects of the country unseen by their male counterparts, as they spent time both in the harems of Cairo and with the women they met along the Nile. Some of them, like Sarah Belzoni and Sophia Poole, spoke Arabic. Others wrote engagingly of their experiences as observers of an exotic culture, with special access to some places no man could ever go. From Eliza Fay’s description of arriving in Egypt in 1779 to Rosemary Mahoney’s daring trip down the Nile in a rowboat in 2006, this lively collection of writing by women travelers includes Lady Evelyn Cobbold, Isabella Bird, Norma Lorimer, Harriet Martineau, Florence Nightingale, Amelia Edwards, and Lucie Duff Gordon.

Hardback $18.95 USD

The works of Deborah Manley donated by AUC Press

Technology and Urbanism in Late Bronze Age Egypt (2017)

Anna K. Hodgkinson


This book provides the first systematic and comprehensive discussion of the intra-urban distribution of high-status goods, and their production or role as a marker of the nature of the settlements known as royal cities of New Kingdom Egypt (c.1550-1069 BC).

Using spatial analysis to detect patterns of artefact distribution, the study focuses on Amarna, Gurob, and Malqata, incorporating Qantir/Pi-Ramesse for comparison. Being royal cities, these three settlements had a great need for luxury goods. Such items were made of either highly valuable materials, or materials that were not easily produced and therefore required a certain set of skills. Specifically, the industries discussed are those of glass, faience, metal, sculpture, and textiles.

Analysis of the evidence of high-status industrial processes throughout the urban settlements, has demonstrated that industrial activities took place in institutionalized buildings, in houses of the elite, and also in small domestic complexes. This leads to the conclusion that materials were processed at different levels throughout the settlements and were subject to a strict pattern of control. The methodological approach to each settlement necessarily varies, depending on the nature and quality of the available data. By examining the distribution of high-status or luxury materials, in addition to archaeological and artefactual evidence of their production, a deeper understanding has been achieved of how industries were organized and how they influenced urban life in New Kingdom Egypt.

Hardback £85

Volume donated by Oxford University Press

Things that travelled: Mediterranean Glass in the First Millennium AD (2018)

Edited by Daniela Rosenow, Matt Phelps, Andrew Meek and Ian Freestone

ISBN: 978‑1‑78735‑117‑2

Recent research has demonstrated that, in the Roman, Late Antique, Early Islamic and Medieval worlds, glass was traded over long distances, from the Eastern Mediterranean, mainly Egypt and Israel, to Northern Africa, the Western Mediterranean and Northern Europe. Things that Travelled, a collaboration between the UCL Early Glass Technology Research Network, the Association for the History of Glass and the British Museum, aims to build on this knowledge.

Covering all aspects of glass production, technology, distribution and trade in Roman, Byzantine and Early Medieval/Early Islamic times, including studies from Britain, Egypt, Cyprus, Italy and many others, the volume combines the strengths of the sciences and cultural studies to offer a new approach to research on ancient glass. By bringing together such a varied mix of contributors, specialising in a range of geographical areas and chronological time frames, this volume also offers a valuable contribution to broader discussions on glass within political, economic, cultural and historical arenas.

Hardback £45 / paperback £25 / ebook £5.99 / PDF FREE 

Volume donated by UCL Press

Mummies, magic and medicine in Ancient Egypt: Multidisciplinary essays for Rosalie David 

Edited by Campbell Price, Roger Forshaw, Andrew Chamberlain and Paul Nicholson
With Robert Morkot and Joyce Tyldesley

ISBN: 978-1-7849-9244-6

This volume, published in honour of Egyptologist Professor Rosalie David OBE, presents the latest research on three of the most important aspects of ancient Egyptian civilisation: mummies, magic and medical practice. Drawing on recent archaeological fieldwork, new research on human remains, reassessments of ancient texts and modern experimental archaeology, it attempts to answer some of Egyptology's biggest questions: how did Tutankhamun die? How were the Pyramids built? How were mummies made? 

Leading experts in their fields combine traditional Egyptology and innovative scientific approaches to ancient material. The result is a cutting-edge overview of the discipline, showing how it has developed over the last forty years and yet how many of its big questions remain the same.

Hardback £75 / paperback £25 / discounts available for EES members (click here) 

Volume donated by Manchester University Press