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. 


 Scattered Finds: Archaeology, Egyptology and Museums (2019) - coming soon to the library

Alice Stevenson

ISBN: 9781787351400

Between the 1880s and 1980s, British excavations at locations across Egypt resulted in the discovery of hundreds of thousands of ancient objects that were subsequently sent to some 350 institutions worldwide. These finds included unique discoveries at iconic sites such as the tombs of ancient Egypt's first rulers at Abydos, Akhenaten and Nefertiti’s city of Tell el-Amarna and rich Roman Era burials in the Fayum.

Scattered Finds explores the politics, personalities and social histories that linked fieldwork in Egypt with the varied organizations around the world that received finds. Case studies range from Victorian municipal museums and women’s suffrage campaigns in the UK, to the development of some of the USA’s largest institutions, and from university museums in Japan to new institutions in post-independence Ghana. By juxtaposing a diversity of sites for the reception of Egyptian cultural heritage over the period of a century, Alice Stevenson presents new ideas about the development of archaeology, museums and the construction of Egyptian heritage. She also addresses the legacy of these practices, raises questions about the nature of the authority over such heritage today, and argues for a stronger ethical commitment to its stewardship.

Hardback £40 / paperback £22.99 / PDF FREE

https://www.uclpress.co.uk/products/95150

Volume donated by UCL Press


Five Egyptian Goddesses: Their Possible Beginnings, Actions, and Relationships in the Third Millennium BCE (2019)

Susan Tower Hollis

ISBN: 9781474234252

This volume explores the earliest appearances and functions of the five major Egyptian goddesses Neith, Hathor, Nut, Isis and Nephthys. Although their importance endured throughout more than three millennia of ancient Egyptian history, their origins, earliest roles, and relationships in religion, myth, and cult have never before been studied together in detail.

Showcasing the latest research with carefully chosen illustrations and a full bibliography, Susan Tower Hollis suggests that the origins of the goddesses derived primarily from their functions, as, shown by their first appearances in the text and art of the Protodynastic, Early Dynastic, and Old Kingdom periods of the late fourth and third millennia BCE. The roles of the goddess Bat are also explored where she is viewed both as an independent figure and in her specific connections to Hathor, including the background to their shared bovine iconography. Hollis provides evidence of the goddesses' close ties with royalty and, in the case of Neith, her special connections to early queens.

Vital reading for all scholars of Egyptian religion and other ancient religions and mythology, this volume brings to light the earliest origins of these goddesses who would go on to play major parts in later narratives, myths, and mortuary cult.

Hardback £76.50 / PDF/ePUB £73.44

https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/five-egyptian-goddesses-9781474234252/

Volume donated by Bloomsbury


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

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-press/browse-books/archaeologists-in-print

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)

https://www.glyptoteket.com/product/pharaoh-the-face-of-power/

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

https://yalebooks.co.uk/display.asp?k=9780300215410

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

http://www.aucpress.com/p-7188-women-travelers-on-the-nile.aspx

http://www.aucpress.com/t-AuthorDetails.aspx?ID=130

The works of Deborah Manley donated by AUC Press


Technology and Urbanism in Late Bronze Age Egypt (2017)

Anna K. Hodgkinson

ISBN:978-0-19880-359-1

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 

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/technology-and-urbanism-in-late-bronze-age-egypt-9780198803591?cc=gb&lang=en&#

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

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-press/browse-books/things-that-travelled 

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)

http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781784992446/ 

Volume donated by Manchester University Press