Buried Treasures: Uncovering Secrets of the Past

Buried Treasures: Uncovering Secrets of the Past

by Stephane Compoint
     
 

Through the captivating images of acclaimed photographer Stéphane Compoint, Buried Treasures takes readers on a worldwide exploration with today's most esteemed archaeologists as they search for traces of civilizations presumed lost forever and ancient animals that once roamed the earth. 

Mysterious colossal statues found on a remote Pacific

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Overview

Through the captivating images of acclaimed photographer Stéphane Compoint, Buried Treasures takes readers on a worldwide exploration with today's most esteemed archaeologists as they search for traces of civilizations presumed lost forever and ancient animals that once roamed the earth. 

Mysterious colossal statues found on a remote Pacific island, a mythic bear covered in blue fur, a whole city wiped out by a volcano--these are just a few of the amazing discoveries showcased here. From sweltering deserts to the frigid North Pole to an ancient, underwater city, readers will follow scientists as they uncover the secrets of our past. Whether it's been dug up, lifted out of the water, or reimagined from extensive research, each of these treasures is a testament to the wealth and diversity of cultures that have come before and that have shaped ours.

Praise for Buried Treasures
“There’s such variety of image and perspective in Stéphane Compoint’s dazzling book.” –Wall Street Journal

“A real find.” –Booklist

“Photographer Compoint offers a striking survey of archeological discoveries and explorations into living mysteries.  He portrays the meticulous nature of excavation, transportation, and preservation of precious artifacts, while capturing the adrenaline-pumping excitement of piecing together mysteries past and present.” –Publishers Weekly

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4�8—A French photographer briefly introduces a variety of archaeological discoveries from around the world. The primary focus is on ancient sites, some fairly well-known such as Pompeii and Easter Island, while others are a bit more obscure, including Cahuachi, the site of giant drawings in Peru and Chile, and Zeugma, a site in Turkey now underwater due to recent dam construction. A more cryptic inclusion is the glacier bear or "mythic blue bear" from Alaska, as it is neither ancient nor a buried treasure. Entries are generally four to six pages, with beautiful color photographs of artifacts, archaeologists at work, and the surrounding areas; an introduction; and lengthy photo captions. The information is fairly generic, almost cursory at times, and really more of a teaser than anything else. The layout is attractive with large, glossy pages that highlight the photographs and could attract general browsers. Short biographies on each of the archaeologists are included, but no other source material or further information is provided. Libraries looking for a coffee-table book with some interesting tidbits to tantalize their readers may find this a good choice, but report writers or serious enthusiasts will have to look elsewhere.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
Children's Literature - Dawna Lisa Buchanan
Compoint invites his readers into this lush collection of photographs with a warm introduction explaining his passion for archaeology and history. What follows are vivid and very dramatic photographs of selected sites from around the world. We visit Alexandria and a statue found beneath the sea; we examine pottery shards, the enormous stone totems on Easter Island and get close views of mummies from southern Egypt. The photographer adds brief notes to each double spread page which give salient details that perfectly mirror the kinds of questions readers of all ages might ask. He describes recovery strategies and notes that human remains are returned to their original places after scientific study. Pictures of geoglyphs, photographed from the air, and the stunning image of a rare blue bear are only some of the highlights in this lovely and sophisticated picture book. The book is versatile. It could be used as a "coffee table" browse, an interest-provoking nibble about general archaeology, or a quick reference in a classroom to shore up interesting facts and invite students to learn more. Reviewer: Dawna Lisa Buchanan

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810997813
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2011
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
1,381,133
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 12.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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