Gloriously illustrated and impressive in scope, this book represents a comprehensive overview of ancient Nubia. It opens with a thematic survey with contributors addressing topics such as the rediscovery of ancient Nubia and the development of archaeological work there, including the widespread destruction in the wake of the construction of the Aswan and Merowe dam, its physical geography, and historical outline. There follow chronological reviews of Nubia's art and architecture, chapters on cultural aspects such as religion, burial practices, texts, daily life, costume and pottery. The second half of the book consists of a gazetteer of sites, following the course of the Nile from North to South: descriptions of the archaeology are accompanied by plentiful plans and photos as well as notes on the history of their excavation.
Marjorie M. Fisher is adjunct professor of Egyptology at the University of Michigan. Peter Lacovara is senior curator of ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University. Sue D'Auria is a former assistant curator at the Huntington Museum of Art, and has edited several books on Egyptology. Salima Ikram is professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, and has published extensively on a variety of subjects in Egyptology. Chester Higgins Jr is a world-renowned photographer and author of six books of photography whose work has appeared in ART- news, Essence, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine. Zahi Hawass is the former Minister of State for Antiquities, and the author of many books on ancient Egypt.