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David Wengrow wins the Antiquity Prize 2014

25 January 2016

David Wengrow speaking at the Engelsberg Seminar 2013

Congratulations to David Wengrow and colleagues who have won the Antiquity Prize for 2014. The prize is awarded annually to the best contribution to the journal.

From the papers published in 2014 the panel of judges chose the article by David and colleagues entitled "Cultural convergence in the Neolithic of the Nile Valley: a prehistoric perspective on Egypt's place in Africa" as the winner.

The article, published in Vol 88, Issue 339 (March 2014), looks at the African origins of Egyptian civilisation which lie in an important cultural horizon, the ‘primary pastoral community’, which emerged in both the Egyptian and Sudanese parts of the Nile Valley in the fifth millennium BC. A re-examination of the chronology, assisted by new AMS determinations from Neolithic sites in Middle Egypt, has charted the detailed development of these new kinds of society.

As part of the award the article will be made available on open access.

Article Citation

David Wengrow, Michael Dee, Sarah Foster, Alice Stevenson and Christopher Bronk Ramsey (2014). Cultural convergence in the Neolithic of the Nile Valley: a prehistoric perspective on Egypt's place in Africa. Antiquity, 88, pp 95-111. doi:10.1017/S0003598X00050249