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Valley of the golden mummies
Hawass, Zahi A.
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New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2000.
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224 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
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In this beautifully illustrated volume, archaeologist Hawass reveals his first-hand experiences at a site in the middle of the desert which yielded a group of intact Egyptian tombs containing at least 60 gilded mummies, and perhaps hundreds more, dating from the first and second centuries A.D. After providing historical context for the find as well as information about mummification in ancient Egypt, he speculates about how much we may learn from this spectacular discovery. Since the excavation site will remain closed to the public, this volume provides the only way to see what lies within these mysterious graves. He also discusses other sites being rediscovered and excavated, such as the famous Temple of Alexander the Great. Contains 300 illustrations, including 260 color plates. Oversize: 10x12". Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR

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Booklist Review

The recent discovery of hundreds of mummies--many bearing masks of gold--at the Bahariya Oasis in Egypt made headlines around the world, as well it should, since it proved to be a fantastic treasure trove, the richest unearthing of ancient Egyptian artifacts since King Tut's tomb was located in the 1920s. The site of the discovery at Bahariya Oasis remains closed to the public, so this beautifully illustrated introduction is, at least for the time being, the only way to "visit" the place and appreciate "first-hand" the importance of what was found there. The author, a noted Egyptologist and the director of the Giza Pyramids as well as field director of the Bahariya Oasis excavation site, narrates the ongoing discovery and excavation of the site in very expressive prose ("a face, a golden face beautifully molded with large obsidian eyes staring out from beneath the sand . . ."), which, paired with the bounty of illustrations included here, makes for a stunning presentation. Hawass describes various individual mummies, giving the reader an impression of them as the individuals they used to be. In addition to his behind-the-scenes look at the work of archaeologists, the author also draws a helpful background sketch of life in ancient Egypt, resulting in a book to be savored by readers of all ages and interests. --Brad Hooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

During the summer of 1999, one of the more spectacular discoveries in recent archeological history was announced in Egypt. At the Bahariya Oasis, 230 miles southwest of Cairo, a large group of intact ancient Egyptian tombs were unearthed that contained more than 60 mummies in excellent condition. This was truly a stunning find and made headlines the world over. In this elegant and marvelous book, the flamboyant and well-regarded Egyptian archaeologist Hawass, who was in charge of the excavations, describes this unusual discovery. Hawass explains that these mummies, probably remains of people of a merchant class, date from the second and third century C.E. The text is geared to the general reader and Hawass is a great storyteller with a knack for providing the spicy detail (sometimes his persona intrudes a bit too muchDa small criticism). Fabulous color photographs of the remote and serene excavation site and detailed pictures of the various finds grace Hawass's informative text. The author estimates that it the Bahariya site may, once fully excavated, yield over 10,000 mummies. This book, therefore, will probably not be the last we hear from Bahariya, but it is a great start and easily whets the appetite for more. For anyone even remotely interested in ancient Egypt or archeology, this title is worth its weight in golden mummies. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

With Valley of the Golden Mummies, leading Egyptologist Hawass (Silent Images: Women in Pharaonic Egypt)Ädirector general of the Giza Pyramids and field director of the Bahariya Oasis excavationsÄoffers a richly illustrated chronicle of exploration and discovery at the oasis. It has as its centerpiece 105 highly publicized mummies from the Greco-Roman period, many of them adorned with gilded masks and ornaments. This is the most significant find in Egypt since the mid-1990s revelation of Tomb KV5, the complex burial site of many sons of Ramses II and cultural survey of the site adds depth to the study. Myliwiec (director, Research Ctr. for Mediterranean Archaeology, Polish Academy of Sciences; Egyptian archaeology, Warsaw Univ.) has updated the content and illustrations of the 1998 German edition of his 1993 Polish publication for this English-language version of The Twilight of Ancient Egypt. The coverage, spanning 1069-30 B.C.E., surpasses that of K.A. Kitchen's The Third Intermediate Period in Egypt, 1100-650 BC (Aris & Phillips, 1996) and is more readily accessible to the nonspecialist. During this vibrant period, Egypt was governed by a succession of foreign rulers who adopted Egyptian ways, interrupted by native princes who asserted their claims to be pharaoh. Libyans, Nubians, Persians, and finally the Macedonian Greeks brought new ideas and diversity to a land previously convinced of its cultural superiority. The author includes extensive quotations from contemporary historical texts as part of his narrative, an excellent bibliography, and a comparative chronology of Egypt, Western Asia, Mesopotamia/Persia, and Greece. Both publications are well suited to general readers and will be quality additions to any library's holdings in ancient history and archaeology.ÄEdward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Hawass's Valley is the first in a series of books and scholarly articles focusing on the spectacular new discoveries of thousands of mummies from the Bahariya Oasis dating to the early Roman period (c. first to second century CE). This book documents the mummies and artifacts found with them, as well as other ongoing excavations in the area (Roman settlement, temples, tombs, and wine factory). Hawass, one of the leading authorities in Egyptology, provides a contextual basis for the finds by discussing the area in which the mummies were discovered, the religious rites of the ancient Egyptians, and the historical background for mummification. Many excellent colored photographs; useful chronology of ancient Egyptian history. Although written for a lay audience, others (scholars, graduate and undergraduate students) will find the book very useful. J. Pollini; University of Southern California

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