Ancient Egyptian Materials


    In his preface Mr. Lucas points out that it is only in recent years that the archaeologist has availed himself of the assistance of the chemist. With certain reservations this is correct, and it is true that a great deal of detailed work has still to be done. A reference to the sections in the present book which deal with the use of metals will show to what an extent questions relating to the source and early history of copper and bronze must remain in suspense until analyses of specimens of these materials from early sites and early workings have been made. Whence came the tin which was imported into Egypt? Mr. Lucas thinks that it may have been Spain, and inclines to the view which relegates Cornwall as a source of copper to the Middle Ages. If the edict of Sargon is correctly interpreted as referring to a “land of tin,” this would give a mention of that metal earlier than that in Homer quoted by the author; but Spain seems a far cry from Mesopotamia at so remote a date as 2750 B.C.

    Ancient Egyptian Materials.

    By A. Lucas. Pp. viii + 242. (London: Edward Arnold and Co., 1926.) 7s. 6d. net.

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