Pyramids: Treasures, Mysteries, and New Discoveries in Egypt

Pyramids: Treasures, Mysteries, and New Discoveries in Egypt

by Zahi Hawass
     
 
No other manmade monuments command such curiosity, awe, and veneration as the pyramids of Egypt. Recent discoveries have shed new light on these mysterious ancient wonders, and this volume presents all the most important pyramids and the great Memphite necropolises in an exhaustive text that draws on the latest excavations and studies. Edited by Zahi Hawass, Egypt's

Overview

No other manmade monuments command such curiosity, awe, and veneration as the pyramids of Egypt. Recent discoveries have shed new light on these mysterious ancient wonders, and this volume presents all the most important pyramids and the great Memphite necropolises in an exhaustive text that draws on the latest excavations and studies. Edited by Zahi Hawass, Egypt's leading archaeologist and director of the Giza and Saqqarah excavation sites, Pyramids contains contributions from the world's best-known Egyptologists and includes aerial photographs, maps, plans, and reconstructions. The result is a milestone of popular science that also celebrates the human spirit.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788854400856
Publisher:
White Star Publishers
Publication date:
09/11/2007
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
10.54(w) x 14.60(h) x 1.59(d)

Meet the Author

As the Egyptian Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs, Zahi Hawass brought Egypt into the homes and hearts of people worldwide through numerous television appearances, particularly for National Geographic, BBC, CNN, and the Discovery Channel. In more than 20 years of excavations, he has made several major discoveries, including the tombs of the pyramid builders and the “Valley of the Golden Mummies” in the Bahariya Oasis. Author of many books and articles on the pyramids, Zahi Hawass lectures all over the world and currently is working with the Giza Plateau Conservation Project and announcing a new approach for uniting tourism and archaeology.

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