Choice Reviews, March 2000, 37-3679

Encyclopedia of the archaeology of ancient Egypt, comp. and ed. by Kathryn A. Bard; with ed. by Steven Blake Shubert Routledge, 1999.

Among recent reference works concerning ancient Egypt, this title stands out as a compact, authoritative source with a wide range of information presented in scholarly but readable style. A map, chronology of the region, and general introduction precede 13 overview essays, each focusing on a different cultural period, ranging from Paleolithic through Roman times. The body of the work consists of some 300 alphabetically arranged entries contributed by an international group of scholars. Topics covered include important sites, buildings, geographical features, biographies, archaeological practices, and summaries of different aspects of Egyptian society and culture. Each also has a list of further reading on the topic and see also references to related entries. The volume is generously illustrated with more than 130 figures and tables. A brief glossary of terms and a 43-page index complete the work. A single-volume scholarly source, it is more extensive in its treatment of the archaeology of ancient Egypt than either Margaret Bunson's The Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt (CH, Mar'92) or Ian Shaw and Paul Nicholson's British Museum Directory of Ancient Egypt (1995), although more expensive than either. An excellent choice for libraries of all types and individuals who can afford it. -- M. R. Dittemore, Smithsonian Institution Libraries.