Egypt: How a Lost Civilization Was Rediscovered / Edition 1

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Overview


Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in the late eighteenth century sparked a global fascination with ancient Egyptian culture that remains undiminished to this day. This book, written by leading author and archaeologist Joyce Tyldesley, tells the full story of the discoveries of treasures that had lain completely hidden and undisturbed for nearly two thousand years. Tyldesley follows in the footsteps of real-life Indiana Joneses in their quest for the splendid monuments, tombs, and artifacts that have unlocked many of the secrets of this mesmerizing civilization. Crafting a riveting chronicle of historical intrigue and intrepid personalities, the author relates the beginnings of Egyptology, leading the reader from the nail-biting race to crack the code of ancient hieroglyphics to the heart-stopping moment when Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamen’s burial chamber.

Egypt introduces the collectors, explorers, and archaeologists who have come to dominate the story of the rediscovery of ancient Egypt. Among these is Giovanni Belzoni, a circus strongman and diehard adventurer who uncovered many of the works of the greatest pharaoh of them all, Rameses II. Tyldesley describes the larger-than-life personalities and spectacular finds of characters such as Jean-François Champollion, Amelia Edwards, and Flinders Petrie. She delves into Howard Carter's dramatic discovery of the golden treasures lying deep in the burial chamber of the boy king Tutankhamen. Illustrated with full-color photographs, Egypt captures the excitement of these gripping adventures stories while highlighting the magnificence of the artifacts that were their object.

Copub: BBC Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520250208
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Joyce Tyldesley is Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Archaeology, Classics, and Oriental Studies at Liverpool University. She is a freelance writer and lecturer on Egyptian archaeology, has made regular radio broadcasts, and has acted as consultant on several television projects. Her previous books include Nefertiti: Egypt's Sun Queen, Ramesses: Egypt's Greatest Pharaoh, and Hatchesput: The Female Pharaoh.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The explorers
Ch. 1 The first Egyptologists 21
Ch. 2 A rediscovered land 36
Ch. 3 Decoding the stones 53
Pt. 2 The collectors
Ch. 4 The great Belzoni 69
Ch. 5 The treasure seekers 88
Ch. 6 The pyramidologists 106
Pt. 3 The archaeologists
Ch. 7 Protecting the monuments 119
Ch. 8 Flinders petrie : father of pots 139
Ch. 9 The valley of the kings 166
Ch. 10 Wonderful things 183
Pt. 4 The scientists
Ch. 11 Outside the valley 213
Ch. 12 Egyptology today 230
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