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. 

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