Finding the Lost Citiesby Rebecca Stefoff
Finding the Lost Cities leads the reader through the sites of 12 buried and rediscovered cities. Each chapter focuses on one legendary city: What do we know about it? How was it lost? Who searched for it and failed? Who finally succeeded in finding and reopening it to the rest of the world? What has the newly refound city told us about the past?
To the often-told tales of Schliemann at Troy, Evans at Knossos, and Layard at Nineveh, Stefoff adds plenty of lesser-known discoveries, including Harriet Boyd's excavations at Gournia, known as "the most perfectly preserved small Minoan town", rancher Richard Wetherill's discovery of the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde, and Nicholas Clapp's inspired use of satellite photography to locate the buried city of Ubar on the Arabian peninsula. From the discovery of Copán's royal tombs in the late 1980s to the even more recent excavation of a Byzantine church at Petra, many sites are yielding treasures even after decades of digging. Though the author includes too many general accounts of various civilizations that are more suited to textbook or encyclopedia articles, the currency of her information, the expertise with which she picks out intriguing details, plus the trenchant contrast she draws between the destructive methods of early treasure hunters and today's careful scientists, make this must reading for students of the past. Profusely illustrated with full-color and black-and-white photographs.
"This lively survey of 12 buried and rediscovered cities is spellbinding. The aspiring archaeologists on your list will cherish such a book."Smithsonian
"[An] engrossing survey of archaeological discoveries.... A title that's certain to spark interest in vanished civilizations and in archaeology, with its mix of dramatic discoveries and careful deductions."School Library Journal
"[Stefoff] paints a vivid picture of archaeology as it has progressed from little more than looting and grave robbing to the painstaking process it is today."Booklist
"Stefoff blows the dust off 13 of archaeology's greatest triumphs, and the careers of the scientists and adventurers who forged them during the field's 'heroic age' and beyond.... The currency of her information, the expertise with which she picks out intriguing details, plus the trenchant contrast she draws between the destructive methods of early treasure hunters and today's careful scientists, make this must reading for students of the past."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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Rebecca Stefoff has written more than 80 books for young adults, specializing in geography and biography. She is the author of Oxford's Extraordinary Explorers series, The Young Oxford Companion to Maps and Mapmaking, and Charles Darwin and the Evolution Revolution. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
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