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Ancient Egypt: The Great Discoveries Hardcover – November, 2000

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Most of what we know about ancient Egypt was learned from artifacts blasted out, dug up, meticulously researched, or otherwise retrieved from shadowed obscurity. That information has been presented in a variety of ways over the decades, usually focusing on a particular site, individual, or theme. Reeves (The Complete Tutankhamun, The Complete Valley of the Kings) reverses the approach, presenting a chronological look at the discoveries. Each chapter considers a different event. Some, like the discovery of the Rosetta Stone and of Tutankhamun's tomb, are spectacular. Others, from the Harris Papyri to Kufu's solar boats found buried beside the great pyramid, are less well remembered but still important for the critical information that they reveal. The stories behind the discoveries are as fascinating as the objects uncovered. In the end, Reeves presents a wonderful panorama of the history of Egyptology. Not since Barbara Mertz's Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs (1964. o.p.) has the history of Egyptology been so well reported. Unlike Mertz's highly entertaining but informal discussion, Reeves's sets out information on both Egyptologists and their discoveries in a very clear, understandable, and well-illustrated way. Not just a reference bookDalthough its extensive time lines, charts, bibliography, and notes will be very useful for quick reference or as a touchstone for researchDthis is also a delightful book to browse, sample, and return to. Highly recommended.DMary Morgan Smith, Northland P.L., Pittsburgh, PA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1st edition (November 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500051054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500051054
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Since rediscovering Ancient Egypt after a laspe of 15 years this boo k was an excellent way to put things in persepctive. Clear overview of old and recent discoveries and an excellent starting place for in-depth research. Interesting reading and wonderful pictures.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By VMI man on September 9, 2005
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This is probably the best single, detailed book on the antiquities in Egypt that I have seen. The organization is unusual, but that probably makes it more interesting. It is real written with many good photos. I liked it so much I bought a second copy for a friend who has been to Egypt.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Benevides on December 31, 2004
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this book is a fabulous breakdown yr to yr of the great discoveries of egypt. the author apologies that it was not possible to get all the discoveries for everything found, but he has done a great job with what has been included. many of the finds are described well in detail, and given to you with the who what where and when of how the discovery came to light. there is a lot of information on every page, including the side margins which will tell you the archaeologist and their background and well as some historical info as to who controlled the aniquities throughout the course of time. you will constantly be updated as to when control changed hands, and the politics involved in why certain people were put as head of antiquites. updates throughout also, on when museums were established, and what antiquities were given away, stolen, destroyed, exported, etc... i havent found a better such complete compilation of events on a timeline than this. not your average compilation on egypt a must have for your bookshelf. nicholas reeves knows his stuff and presents it well
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By Louette on March 16, 2009
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I had some doubts about a chronological approach, but it was a fascinating way to cover the discoveries and the politics in one book. Nicholas Reeves couldn't give photos of all the discoveries, but what he did, in condensed form, was perhaps even better. Brief biographies of all the characters making major discoveries, good lists of what was in each tomb/find, how or why this was important, and often, lists of the museum catalog numbers and the museums where each piece now resides. The last was shocking in a number of cases because one "find" would be split and end up in 3 museums. Anyone researching the finds would surely need a good travel budget! (On the other hand, this would make a great excuse to travel all over...) I just wish I had seen this book before visiting the Metropolitan Museum collection. My time was much too short there, but I would have understood much more of what I was seeing and been able to be more selective rather than being overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of material on display. I'm definitely getting a copy of this book.
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