Mummies of the Pharaohs: Exploring the Valley of the Kings

Mummies of the Pharaohs: Exploring the Valley of the Kings

by Melvin Berger
     
 
Starting with the discovery of King Tut's tomb and its glorious treasures, the authors explore the entire Valley of the Kings resting place for 27 pharaohs and tell little-known stories about the remarkable tombs and their occupants.

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Starting with the discovery of King Tut's tomb and its glorious treasures, the authors explore the entire Valley of the Kings resting place for 27 pharaohs and tell little-known stories about the remarkable tombs and their occupants.

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Kirkus Reviews
An introduction to ancient Egypt and the Pharaohs buried in the Valley of the Kings. The authors begin with how archaeologist Howard Carter found the tomb of King Tut, then move back 3,000 years to the time of Thutmosis I, who built the first tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Finally they describe the building of the tomb of a later Pharaoh, Ramses II. The backward-forward narration is not always easy to follow, and the authors attribute emotions to the Pharaohs without citation. For example,"Thutmosis III was furious [with Hatshepsut]. He was especially annoyed that she planned to be buried in KV 20, the tomb of her father." Since both these people lived 3,500 years ago, speculation on who was furious or annoyed should be used with extreme caution. And the tangled intrigue of Egyptian royalty is not easily sorted out in so brief a work. Throughout, though, there are spectacular photographs of ancient Egyptian artifacts, monuments, tomb paintings, jewels, and death masks that will appeal to young viewers. The photographs of the exposed mummies of Ramses II, King Tut, and Seti I are compelling. More useful for the hauntingly beautiful photos than the text. (brief bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792272236
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,253,529
Product dimensions:
9.38(w) x 11.13(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile:
1000L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Melvin Berger and Gilda Berger are a husband-and-wife writing team who, between them, have written more than 200 books for National Geographic, Mummies of the Pharaohs: Exploring the Valley of the Kings, was named a Notable Social Studies Trade Book. The Berger’s split their time between their homes in New York City and East Hampton, Long Island.

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