The Early Egyptian State

Author(s): Robert Wenke

Year: 2016


Of all the ancient states, the concept of heterarchy would seem to be least applicable to ancient Egypt.There, according to traditional interpretations, successive polities in the 3rd Millennium BC successfully monopolized power and authority by means of increasingly elaborate and hierarchically- arranged administrative structures and functions. But recent analyses and evidence suggest that state did not maintain absolute control at all times and in all areas of the state, particularly with regard to Nile Delta occupations. The state’s extension of political control and economic exploitation to Delta provinces required innovative and varied administrative methods, some of which perhaps involved heterarchical relationships.

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The Early Egyptian State. Robert Wenke. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403716)


Egypt heterarchy state

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min long: -18.809; min lat: -38.823 ; max long: 53.262; max lat: 38.823 ;