Master of Arts
Joshua A Roberson
The process of state formation in Egypt has been variously modeled. Lapidary tableaux from the eastern and western deserts of Egypt have been dated stylistically to the later period of state formation, the Late Predynastic. This thesis provides an overview of select theories on state formation, with particular focus on ancient Egypt. Those theories are then used as a lens, through which three rock art tableaux might be better understood and dated. This thesis will examine specifically the chronological stages of state formation outlined by Anđelković. After dating two other rock art tableaux to the Late Predynastic Period, I assign them to one of Anđelković’s five hypothesized stages of Egyptian state formation. I then evaluate whether his description of the Egyptian state at that phase is congruent with the iconography and content within the scenes.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest
Trull, Luke, "Rock Art and State Formation in Ancient Egypt" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3073.