This volume of the report on the excavations at Marsa Matruh on Bates’s Island, which is located on the seacoast at the north of Egypt’s western desert, publishes the local and imported pottery, the crucibles and other evidence for metalworking, the organic finds (including ostrich egg shells), and the other discoveries made at the site. The pottery found in the excavations indicates that this small Late Bronze Age settlement had links to several cultures: Cyprus, the Aegean, Egypt, the coast of western Asia, and the local Marmarican people.
Contents: Aegean Pottery and Selected Cypriot Pottery (Pamela Russell); Bronze Age Plain Pottery: Egyptian, Canaanite, and Cypriot (Linda Hulin); Late Bronze Age Implements and Other Miscellaneous Objects (Donald White, with contributions by Brigit Crowell, David Killick, and Vincent Pigott); Organic Finds from the Island and Adjacent Areas (David S. Reese and Mark J. Rose); The Archaeology of Bates’s Island and Its Lagoon (Mohamad Nabil el-Hadidi, with contributions by Ibrahim el-Garf and Nahed M. Waly); Pottery of the Greek and Roman Periods (Donald Bailey); Post–Bronze Age Artifacts (Donald White, with contributions by Murray McClellan, William Metcalf, and Joyce Reynolds); Ottoman Era Local and Imported Pottery (James Thorn); Final Summary of the Evidence (Linda Hulin and Donald White); Appendix I: MASCA Analysis of Crucibles and Lumps of Ore (Donald White, Stuart J. Fleming, David Killick, Vincent C. Pigott, and Charles P. Swann); Appendix II: Late Bronze Age Sherds Context List.
Review by R.S. Merrillees in JARCE 41 (2004), pp. 200–202: “The report is a meticulous work of scholarship which enables the finds to be comprehensively reviewed and evaluted . . . His accomplishment is all the greater for having pulled together diverse contributions from several specialists and published the composite account of his excavations in a coherent, stylish and relatively prompt manner. . . . White and his team have rendered the history of the region and period an invaluable service by their careful and thorough report on the excavations at Marsa Matruh, which fill in a significant gap in the archaeological record . . .”
Hardback: 264 pp., 4 plans, 20 b/w pls.
(Prehistory Monographs 2, INSTAP Academic Press, 2002)