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W najbliższy wtorek 5 października o godz. 14.30 dr Maria Carmela Gatto i dr Oren Siegel zaprezentują swój nowy projekt realizowany w IKŚIO w ramach grantu POLS.

Wystąpienie "Introducing BORDERSCAPE Project" poruszy temat przemian społecznych i transformacji krajobrazu w rejonie Pierwszej Katarakty towarzyszących powstaniu państwa egipskiego pod koniec 4 tys. p.n.e.

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The seminar introduces BORDERSCAPE, a multidisciplinary project that aims at investigating how the rise of the Egyptian state at the end of the 4th millennium BCE impacted and transformed the social and spatial landscape of the First Nile Cataract region. A revolutionary process of state formation entailed profound changes in the socio-economic structure of Ancient Egypt, known to be the earliest territorial polity of human history, more so at its newly established borders.

The project develops along two lines of research, one applying a spatial perspective, including insights from geospatial analysis, the other focusing on ethnicity and identity, an approach in line with an anthropological perspective. Its main objectives are reconstruction of the ancient settlement landscape (when, how, and why changes happened), defining patterns of land use, sites interconnectedness and possible pathways. Furthermore, the project will seek to investigate group affiliation of the local population, the possible differences in ethnicity (or better, in the ethnicity displayed) between the regional centres, Elephantine and Kom Ombo and their hinterland, and the way the dynastic centralised power coped with identity fluidity and population mobility, in comparison to pre-dynastic times. Another pivotal goal is to comprehend how the changes occurring in Egypt affected the socio-political dynamics in Nubia.

The project’s expected outcome is two-fold: to build a new theoretical model on how this earliest example of borderscape was shaped by the rising centralised power; and to create an open access Web-GIS, which will be made freely available online thanks to the bilateral cooperation between Norway and Poland.

The project is established at the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures of the Polish Academy of Sciences and funded by the Polish National Research Centre and the Norway Grants.

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