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The Role of Migration Theory in Egyptology

Elisa Priglinger


Migration research is an ever-expanding field that can be explored from several different perspectives. It has always been a part of archaeological and historical interpretation, although it has not yet been thoroughly examined as a subject in its own right. Therefore, for a better understanding of the phenomenon of migration in the past, it is crucial to study it in the wider context of historical studies. Since the 19th century, these studies were strongly influenced by two theoretical schools of thought, namely Diffusionism and Evolutionism, which have sought to explain cultural development and social change. This paper examines the progress of migration research since the 19th century and its application to ancient Egypt over time.

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