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Buried Treasures: Uncovering Secrets of the Past

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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 ...

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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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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
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810997813
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 1,253,044
  • Age range: 9 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Stéphane Compoint is an award-winning photographer and journalist who has collaborated with such major publications as Life, National Geographic, Time, and Newsweek. He lives in Paris.

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    feast for both mind and eyes

    Do you know what an archaeologist is? The word "archaeology" comes from two Greek terms meaning old and word or study. So it's the study of old things, or to be more precise, the search for ancient creatures and civilizations. Stephane Compoint is not an archaeologist, but a professional photographer who has worked for National Geographic, Time, and Newsweek, among other publications. However, he has also taken pictures for several archaeologists and shares in this book pictures of many of the amazing discoveries which he has photographed all over the world from the wilds of Alaska, to the desert of Egypt, to a remote Pacific island.
    Through Stephane's stunning photographs, the reader will visit a number of places which are important to Earth's history. Alexandria, Egypt, is where one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Pharos Lighthouse, was destroyed by earthquakes. The lost civilization of the Polynesian Rapa Nui raised colossal stone statues on Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean. In southern Egypt, the Kharga Oasis contains a necropolis with several hundred mummified bodies of peasants and craftsmen. The pre-Columbian Nazca people created huge geoglyphs from their ceremonial center at Cahuachi in southern Peru. Bones of huge dinosaurs such as brachiosaurus, stegosaurus, and diplodocus have been found in the Gobi desert of Mongolia. The ancient Graeco-Roman city of Zeugma in modern Turkey contained huge mosaics that needed to be saved from a dam project. For years, people have been trying to photograph the legendary blue bear, a rare relative of the brown bear, in Alaska. The Celts are usually associated with the British Isles, but before the Romans conquered Europe, they left remains of their civilization from Brittany south to northern Spain and east to Hungary. It is believed that the grave of the missing Pharaoh Userkare has been found at Saqqara in Egypt. A French paleontologist has located remains of what he thinks is one of the earliest members of the human race, which he named "Abel," in the desert of Chad, central Africa. Perhaps one of the most famous examples of how archaeology has uncovered life in the past is at Pompeii, Italy, which was destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Add to these pictures of the Russian ice station Barneo near the North Pole, digging for the baluchitherium in Pakistan, and a recreation of the ancient Olympic games in Greece.
    Buried Treasures will be absolutely fascinating to anyone who is interested in history. The book really doesn't give detailed answers to age-old questions, but it does survey some of the issues that archaeologists have been looking into, the work that they have done in investigating them, and the theories that they have developed to explain them as a result-all with exquisite photographs to illustrate them. A map locating each of the sites mentioned in the book will make this a useful tool for young people studying ancient history. Concerning the archaeologists with whom he has worked, Compoint writes, "The men and women whose work I describe in this book are something of a cross between a scientist and Indiana Jones." And concerning the places which he mentions, he says, "The whole world recognizes their uniqueness, and they bear witness to the richness of cultures that came before ours." A feast for the eyes as well as the mind!

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