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The Ancient Inhabitants of the Nile Valley1

Nature volume 85, pages 310312 (05 January 1911) | Download Citation



SOME ten years ago, when Lord Cromer was building up a medical school in Cairo, the task of establishing the department of anatomy was entrusted to a junior fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, Dr. Elliot Smith. The young professor reached Egypt at an interesting phase of the development of our knowledge of the ancient inhabitants of that country. It was then becoming clearly recognised, thanks to the labours of Prof. Flinders Petrie and those associated with him, that certain of the burials were older than the dynasties, and that it had become possible to study the Egyptians of a prehistoric or predynastic period.

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    "The Archæological Survey of Nubia". Report for 1907–8. Vol. ii., Report on the Human Remains, by , and . Pp. 378 + vi plans. Plates to accompany Vol. ii., pp. 9 + xlix plates. (Cairo: National Printing Dept., 1910.) Price 2 L.E.

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