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The Pyramid Builders of Ancient Egypt: A Modern Investigation of Pharaoh's Workforce Paperback – February 11, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0415152921 ISBN-10: 0415152925 Edition: New Ed

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (February 11, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415152925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415152921
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,543,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...[T]he book is a valuable introduction to the study of ancient Egyptian daily life that will certainly repay careful reading and study. Pleasant, compact, and easy to read, the book strikes a good balance between a strictly scholarly and a more general approach. Now in a more affordable paperback format, this book is certain to attract a broad readership.
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. . . fascinating . . ..
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Rosalie David is an Egyptologist at the Manchester Museum and Director of the Manchester Egyptian Mummy Research Project and the Kahun Project. She is Honorary Lecturer in Comparative Religion at the University of Manchester.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Francesca Jourdan on June 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the story of the first pyramid workmen's town, a fascinating story for those who want to know more about Ancient Egypt's everyday life. The image of the 'whip-driven slave' is replaced by skilled workers who worry about normal everyday problems such as family, food and work conditions. Sure, the pyramids were made by very special people, but no, these people were not mysterious aliens. This study helps humanize the Ancient Egyptians.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Covington on October 7, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This book recounts the finding, recovery and cataloging of a whole community of pyramid builders, the first time such an archeological treasure trove of artifacts had ever been recovered with such completeness. The two star reviewer is incorrect in saying that this book refutes everything previously understood about "all of" Egyptian culture and life. It does no such thing. It only relates to the life in this one settlement and uses the artifact analysis as most of the basis. The review being typed in all caps tends to indicate a strong emotional reaction, not an emotion allied with objective scientific analysis. The head of the Egyptian Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, substantiates the same analysis. Science is an ever changing, ever updating, and an ever increasing accuracy of beliefs as new data comes to light. Till these artifacts were discovered there really wasn't very much know about the everyday life of the actual every day people so, no, we really, still, do not know all that much about the day to day lives of most ancient Egyptians. The greatest majority of Egyptian hieroglyphs are about royalty and not the every day person of the streets, so to speak.
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1 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
THIS BOOK IS A FARCE-IT COMPLETELY RUINS ALL BELIEFS ABOUT,AND THEORIES ON,THE TYPICAL DAILY LIFE OF ANCIENT EGYPT.IT IS A RUTHLESS ATTACK ON THE CONCRETELY DISCOVERED FACTS ABOUT THE ANCIENT WORLD.NOT WORTH PRINTING,LET ALONE READING.
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