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Over the centuries, our fascination and desire to uncover the past has prompted valiant explorers with sometimes wild imaginations to set off in search of lost civilisations and relics from the past. Fortune and Glory is a gripping chronicle of the major discoveries from prehistory to the 21st century, following the exploits of the intrepid and sometimes piratical adventurers who put life, limb, reputation and sanity at risk in the quest to discover the world's historical treasures.

Learn about the early evidence of our ancestors, explorations and adventures in the classical world and empires in Egypt and Africa. Follow Hiram Bingham into the lost city of Macchu Picchu, discover how Heinrich Schliemann turned myth into history when he found the legendary city of Troy, trek with Stephens and Catherwood in search of the remains of the Ancient Maya, and uncover the myths surrounding Mitchell-Hedges and the infamous crystal skull.

From early mavericks and amateurs to the science of modern archaeology, Fortune and Glory will have you marvelling at the courage, vision, resourcefulness, innovation and perseverance of history's real-life Indiana Joneses.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780715329597
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 5/25/2008
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Palmer is a renowned science writer and lecturer and the author of a number of best-selling books on archaeology and prehistory including Earth (DK). Nicholas James DipEA, MA, PhD is a consultant in the interpretation of historical resources and has conducted research on the archaeology and social anthropology of Mexico and Guatemala over the course of 25 years. Giles Sparrow has written numerous articles on archaeological and architectural wonders and is the is the editor for Seven Million Years—a book on the evolution of the human species and the story of its discovery from the 18th century onwards.

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Table of Contents

Prologue     7
Introduction: Chronicles and Chronologies     15
The Collectors     23
Pre-history and Discovering Life Before the Flood     29
Human Remains     49
Dinosaur Hunters     81
Empires in Egypt     113
Greek Myth Becomes Reality     145
Cities from the Dust     159
Bible Quests     187
Raids on Buddism     207
The Ancient Maya     222
Mysteries of the Incas     245
Epilogue     257
Bibliography     264
Index     265
Picture Credits     272

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