Gods, Graves & Scholars: The Story of Archaeologyby C.W. Ceram
C.W. Ceram visualized archeology as a wonderful combination of high adventure, romance, history and scholarship, and this book, a chronicle of man's search for his past, reads like a dramatic narrative. We travel with Heinrich Schliemann as, defying the ridicule of the learned world, he actually unearths the remains of the ancient city of Troy. We share the excitement of Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter as they first glimpse the riches of Tutankhamen's tomb, of George Smith when he found the ancient clay tablets that contained the records of the Biblical Flood. We rediscover the ruined splendors of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient wold; of Chichen Itza, the abandoned pyramids of the Maya: and the legendary Labyrinth of tile Minotaur in Crete. Here is much of the history of civilization and the stories of the men who rediscovered it.
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This book contains the most important discoveries of archeology. It doesn't matter if you want to know something about the work of Heinrich Schliemann or about the discovery of Tutankamun's grave by Howard Carter. The author describes everything in a clear and easy speach, so you are able to understand everything and it becomes never boring. If you are Archeology-Fan or you want to become one, you simply have to read this book!!!
I bought my first copy of this book in the middle sixties. I now have two well worn paperpack copies and a used hard copy addition someone used as a textbook from the notes written in it. Usually, I read it once or twice a year. The description of the king Tut excavation is especially engaging.