Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History

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The world’s greatest archaeological finds and what they tell us about lost civilizations

Renowned archaeologist Patrick Hunt brings his top ten list of ancient archaeological discoveries to life in this concise and captivating book. The Rosetta Stone, Troy, Nineveh's Assyrian Library, King Tut’s Tomb, Machu Picchu, Pompeii, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Thera, Olduvai Gorge, and the Tomb of 10,000 Warriors—Hunt reveals the fascinating stories of these amazing discoveries and explains ...

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Overview

The world’s greatest archaeological finds and what they tell us about lost civilizations

Renowned archaeologist Patrick Hunt brings his top ten list of ancient archaeological discoveries to life in this concise and captivating book. The Rosetta Stone, Troy, Nineveh's Assyrian Library, King Tut’s Tomb, Machu Picchu, Pompeii, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Thera, Olduvai Gorge, and the Tomb of 10,000 Warriors—Hunt reveals the fascinating stories of these amazing discoveries and explains the ways in which they added to our knowledge of human history and permanently altered our worldview. Part travel guide to the wonders of the world and part primer on ancient world history, Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History captures the awe and excitement of finding a lost window into ancient civilization.

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An outgrowth of decades of travel and research by Hunt (classics, Stanford Univ.; Alpine Archaeology) and a popular class he teaches, this book allots one chapter to each of ten key discoveries: the Rosetta stone, Troy, the Assyrian Library at Nineveh, Tutankhamen's Tomb, Machu Picchu, Pompeii, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Akrotiri on Thera, the Olduvai Gorge, and the Tomb of 10,000 Warriors. These discoveries are examined "in the context of the evolving discipline of archaeology since the eighteenth century." Hunt writes colorfully and enthusiastically about each discovery and the importance of material finds, not texts alone, in reconstructing history. He gives full credit to archaeologists-great names such as Ninevah's Layard, King Tut's Carter, the Leakeys of Olduvai Gorge, and even Troy's much-maligned Heinrich Schliemann-for their unique accomplishments. The bibliography includes sources for each chapter, but footnotes would have benefited readers amid the broad sweep of time and space covered. Scholars will undoubtedly disagree over the relative importance of these discoveries and whether some should have been selected at all, but for lay readers and beginning students in archaeology and ancient history, this book will serve as an enjoyable, wide-ranging introduction to the importance of archaeology in writing-or rewriting-history. For public and undergraduate libraries.
—Joan W. Gartland

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452288775
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/25/2007
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 293,118
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

PATRICK HUNT is in the Classics Department at Stanford University, where he has been teaching archaeology, mythology, and art history since 1994. He has been featured on the History Channel and in Archaeology magazine for his Hannibal alpine research and directs Stanford's Alpine Archaeology project in France, Italy, and Switzerland.
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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    Interesting

    Very good! Too bad there were no photo's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2007

    Wonderful survey of these amazing discoveries!

    Hunt does a fantastic job of summarizing these discoveries, making them fascinating and easy to read about.

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