Released on 2020-10-20Categories History

A World Beneath the Sands: The Golden Age of Egyptology

A World Beneath the Sands: The Golden Age of Egyptology

Author: Toby Wilkinson

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9781324006909

Category: History

Page: 528

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A thrilling history of the West’s scramble for the riches of ancient Egypt by the foremost Egyptologist of our time. From the decipherment of hieroglyphics in 1822 to the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon a hundred years later, the uncovering of Egypt’s ancient past took place in an atmosphere of grand adventure and international rivalry. In A World Beneath the Sands, acclaimed Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson chronicles the ruthless race between the British, French, Germans, and Americans to lay claim to its mysteries and treasures. He tells riveting stories of the men and women whose obsession with Egypt’s ancient civilization helped to enrich and transform our understanding of the Nile Valley and its people, and left a lasting impression on Egypt, too. Travelers and treasure-hunters, ethnographers and archaeologists: whatever their motives, whatever their methods, a century of adventure and scholarship revealed a lost world, buried for centuries beneath the sands.
Released on 2020-10-15Categories Social Science

A World Beneath the Sands

A World Beneath the Sands

Author: Toby Wilkinson

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781509858712

Category: Social Science

Page: 512

View: 783

'It is a story full of drama, with the Nile, the pyramids and the Valley of the Kings as backdrop. That A World Beneath the Sands is also a subtle and stimulating study of the paradoxes of 19th-century colonialism is a bonus indeed.' – Tom Holland, Guardian What could be more exciting, more exotic or more intrepid than digging in the sands of Egypt in the hope of discovering golden treasures from the age of the pharaohs? Our fascination with ancient Egypt goes back to the ancient Greeks. But the heyday of Egyptology was undoubtedly the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This golden age of scholarship and adventure is neatly book-ended by two epoch-making events: Champollion's decipherment of hieroglyphics in 1822 and the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon a hundred years later. In A World Beneath the Sands, the acclaimed Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson tells the riveting stories of the men and women whose obsession with Egypt's ancient civilisation drove them to uncover its secrets. Champollion, Carter and Carnarvon are here, but so too are their lesser-known contemporaries, such as the Prussian scholar Karl Richard Lepsius, the Frenchman Auguste Mariette and the British aristocrat Lucie Duff-Gordon. Their work – and those of others like them – helped to enrich and transform our understanding of the Nile Valley and its people, and left a lasting impression on Egypt, too. Travellers and treasure-hunters, ethnographers and epigraphers, antiquarians and archaeologists: whatever their motives, whatever their methods, all understood that in pursuing Egyptology they were part of a greater endeavour – to reveal a lost world, buried for centuries beneath the sands.
Released on 2021-12-31Categories Social Science

A Brief History of Archaeology

A Brief History of Archaeology

Author: Nadia Durrani

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000505245

Category: Social Science

Page: 286

View: 903

A Brief History of Archaeology details early digs and covers the development of archaeology as a multidisciplinary science, the modernization of meticulous excavation methods during the twentieth century, and the important discoveries that led to new ideas about the evolution of human societies. Spanning more than two thousand years of history, this short account of the discipline of archaeology tells of spectacular discoveries and the colorful lives of the archaeologists who made them, as well as of changing theories and current debates in the field. Early research at Stonehenge in Britain, burial mound excavations, and the exploration of Herculaneum and Pompeii culminate in the nineteenth-century debates over human antiquity and the theory of evolution. The book then moves on to the discovery of the world’s pre-industrial civilizations in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Central America; the excavations at Troy and Mycenae; the Royal Burials at Ur, Iraq; and the dramatic finding of the pharaoh Tutankhamun in 1922. The book concludes by considering recent sensational discoveries and exploring the debates over processual and post-processual theory that have intrigued archaeologists in the early twenty-first century. The third edition updates this respected introduction to one of the science’s most fascinating disciplines. A Brief History of Archaeology is a vivid narrative that will engage readers who are new to the discipline, drawing on the authors’ extensive experience in the field and classroom.
Released on 2021-11-30Categories Social Science

The Exodus

The Exodus

Author: Peter Feinman

Publisher: Oxbow Books

ISBN: 9781789254778

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 699

Did the Exodus occur? This question has been asked in biblical scholarship since its origin as a modern science. The desire to resolve the question scientifically was a key component in the funding of archaeological excavations in the nineteenth century. Egyptian archaeologists routinely equated sites with their presumed biblical counterpart. Initially, it was taken for granted that the Exodus had occurred. It was simply a matter of finding the archaeological data to prove it. So far, those results have been for naught. The Exodus: An Egyptian Story takes a very real-world approach to understanding the Exodus. It is not a story of cosmic spectaculars that miraculously or coincidentally occurred when a people prepared to leave Egypt. There are no special effects in the telling of this story. Instead, the story is told with real people in the real world doing what real people do. Peter Feinman does not rely on the biblical text and is not trying to prove that the Bible is true. He places the Exodus within Egyptian history based on the Egyptian archaeological record. It is a story of the rejection of the Egyptian cultural construct and defiance of Ramses II. Egyptologists, not biblical scholars, are the guides to telling the Exodus story. What would you expect Ramses II to say after he had been humiliated? If there is an Egyptian smoking gun for the Exodus, how would you recognize it? To answer these questions requires us to take the Exodus seriously as a major event at the royal level in Egyptian history.
Released on 2011-06-22Categories Fiction

The Lost Queen of England

The Lost Queen of England

Author: H. Elizabeth Owen

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781462017959

Category: Fiction

Page: 456

View: 205

AFTER AN ARCHAEOLOGIST BEGINS A COVETED DIG IN EGYPT, SHE UNEARTHS AN ANCIENT MYSTERY THAT UNITES HER WITH A LOST QUEEN . . . AND HER OWN DESTINY. Broiling in the stifling heat of the Valley of the Kings, an Egyptologist impatiently awaits official permission to unseal and dismantle the wall of a tomb that has escaped discovery for thirty-three centuries. She has been given the chance of a lifetime—to dig at a coveted site where radar scans have revealed two mysterious voids beneath the sands. As the sounds of digging echo through the valley, she wonders if it is possible that long awaited answers to ancient mysteries lie just beneath the tarmac where thousands of oblivious tourists walk every day. She is about to find out. Thirteen years earlier, a royal princess asked her family to help her in a great deception. She had no idea what the future held, but there was no turning back once the course was set. Now as Egyptologists from around the world converge on Cairo, they are unaware that destiny has chosen one lost queen to find another. THE LOST QUEEN OF ENGLAND is a compelling tale that weaves its way through ancient palaces, sails up the Nile, and flies across the desert in a golden chariot, ultimately leading to a captivating conclusion.
Released on 2014-12-18Categories History

The Tomb of Tutankhamun: Volume 3

The Tomb of Tutankhamun: Volume 3

Author: Howard Carter

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472577771

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 152

In the third and final volume of his classic account of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, Howard Carter reaches the Pharaoh's treasury and the riches he sought to take with him to the Afterlife.
Released on 2000Categories Performing Arts

The Essential Monster Movie Guide

The Essential Monster Movie Guide

Author: Stephen Jones

Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications

ISBN: UOM:39015050245920

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 448

View: 955

This guide alphabetically lists 4000 plus horror movies and television shows, some very obscure, that featured monsters. Each entry provides a plot synopsis, identifies the cast and director, and rates the film on a five star scale. No index. Originally published by Billboard Books. c. Book News Inc.