Pyramids: Treasures, Mysteries, and New Discoveries in Egypt

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As General Secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and Director of Excavation at the Giza Pyramids, Saqqara, and the Bahariya Oasis, Zahi Hawass has unparalleled field experience and knowledge of the landscape of Egypt’s pyramids. As the man who performed a CAT-Scan on a subject no less great than King Tut, he is intimately familiar with the history of ancient Egypt, and is uniquely qualified to edit this in-depth survey of the famous and lesser-known pyramids of Egypt. Presented in his own signature ...
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Overview

As General Secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and Director of Excavation at the Giza Pyramids, Saqqara, and the Bahariya Oasis, Zahi Hawass has unparalleled field experience and knowledge of the landscape of Egypt’s pyramids. As the man who performed a CAT-Scan on a subject no less great than King Tut, he is intimately familiar with the history of ancient Egypt, and is uniquely qualified to edit this in-depth survey of the famous and lesser-known pyramids of Egypt. Presented in his own signature style, his accounts truly make history come alive. Hundreds of specially commissioned photographs accompany readers on their tour of these world treasures, depicting, in detail, the distinguishing characteristics of each site. Maps, floor plans, and reconstructions accompany a compelling text, revealing the mysteries of ancient Egypt as unearthed through major excavations. From the pyramids at Giza–the emblem of the Fourth Dynasty and among the most famous archaeological sites in the world–to lesser known, older pyramids of the Third Dynasty that are the model for the later monuments, this book presents fresh insight into the civilization that developed on the banks of the Nile during the fourth and third millenia BC. Presented in a handsome slipcase, this book throws new light on the world that existed around the pyramids, on the lives of the workers who built them, and on the court dignitaries who were granted the privilege of a burial place near that of their king.
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This exhaustive collection of essays, diagrams, reconstructions, and maps chronicling the civilization that developed on the banks of the Nile River during the fourth and third millennia B.C. boasts limited appeal due to its dense text, academic tone, and unfamiliar terminology. However, much of this hefty volume is devoted to gorgeous close-up and aerial color photographs which shed light on the ancient tombs built for Egyptian royalty. Acclaimed archeologist Hawass focuses on history's most important pyramids and the great Memphite necropolises, as well as older, lesser-known pyramids. In nearly 30 essays written by some of most renowned Egyptologists in the world, experts share their significant discoveries and elaborate theories in an effort to reveal, among other things, the lives of the workers who constructed the tombs, and the court dignitaries granted the privilege of burial spaces near their kings. The various authors strive to piece together myriad documentation, resulting in chapters on the religious significance of pyramids, their elaborate administrative systems, architectural components, and décor. As the subtitle suggests, Hawass—Director of Excavations at Giza, Saqqara, and Bahraiya Oasis—also focuses on recent excavations. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788854406070
  • Publisher: White Star Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 511,110
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Zahi Hawass has created programming for CNN, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and the BBC. He is an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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