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Type: Paper
Paper Title: NEW INSIGHTS FROM THE OLD KINGDOM: ORGANIC PRESERVATION WITHIN THE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN DELTA
Author: DEEANNE WYMER (Bloomsburg University)   
Date/Time: Wed., 5:15 PM
Co-Author(s): DEEANNE WYMER (Bloomsburg University) 
Abstract: This paper will present updated information on the continuing research into the remarkable preservation of organic and paleoethnobotanical materials from the Old Kingdom levels of the Mendes Site, Tel ‘er Ruba, Egypt. Such preservation in early levels, from Predynastic to early Dynastic, in the Egyptian Delta is extremely unusual and the Mendes site is noteworthy for information on this important developmental stage of Egyptian civilization. Mendes has been the focus of intense excavations over the past decade and figures prominently in the archaeological literature and research into the growth and development of urban life in the Delta as well as the role that Mendes played in the bureaucracy and trade network of Pharaonic Egypt. Old Kingdom and pre-dynastic levels are preserved at Mendes above the water table level, a rarity in the Delta area, and excavations have focused on First Dynasty through Sixth Dynasty levels. To date, the site has produced a copious and diverse paleoethnobotanical assemblage at all site levels. This paper will concentrate, however, on recent discoveries and assessment of unusual materials from the site, including features filled with organic resins, ritual deposits, ancient textiles, and ritual animal offerings. In addition, one goal is to explore the uses of various domestic room blocks of the Old Kingdom through detailed, microstructure assessment of organic materials.

Program Number: 1-0390
Session Title: SPACE, PLACE, AND LANDSCAPE IN THE OLD AND NEW WORLDS
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Wed., 4:00 PM-5:45 PM
Organizer(s): ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM COMMITTEE (AAA) 
Chair(s): DEEANNE WYMER (Bloomsburg University)  
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