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Ancient Egypt : the great discoveries : a year-by-year chronicle
Reeves, Nicholas, 1956-
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New York : Thames & Hudson, 2000.
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255 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
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This is the story of Ancient Egypt as it was revealed to the world - a succession of discoveries and treasures. The book provides a trip through the golden ages of archeaology in Egypt, from the discovery of the Rosetta Stone in 1799 to the Golden Mummies in 1999. The discoveries are presented through archival images and extracts from notebooks, diaries and published accounts of excavators. Some finds are world famous, such as Nefertari's tomb and King Khufu's royal boats, others are less well known and they include the Ferlini treasure with its cache of gold and the jewels of Egyptian princesses unearthed at Dahshur.

Author Notes

Nicholas Reeves is Honorary Fellow of the Oriental Museum, University of Durham, and Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

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Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

For many years, thousands of people have been entranced with ancient Egypt, as evidenced by the proliferation of television programs, ancient Egyptian galleries in major museums, and courses in Egyptology. Noted Egyptologist Reeves offers an unusual glimpse into the recovery of ancient Egypt since the finding of the Rosetta stone in 1799 CE by tracing the major finds in Egypt across the years until 2000, but not in a year-by-year fashion. Profusely illustrated, this volume explores the major archaeological finds and highlights, in boxes that offer the reader special information, the objects from them that grace museums in Cairo, Europe, and North America. Similarly, Reeves explores major ancient texts that help to illuminate many of the key objects. This very important volume is a fantastic read with generous bibliography and footnotes and an extensive index. Readers from a variety of backgrounds will find this volume worth a study. All collections. J. M. Balcer; Ohio State University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 6
Chronologyp. 7
Mapp. 8
Introductionp. 10
I 1798-1850 The Birth of Interestp. 12
1799 The Rosetta Stone: Cracking the Hieroglyphic Codep. 14
1816-18 The Adventure Begins: The Great Belzonip. 18
1820 Captain Caviglia and the Colossus of Ramesses IIp. 26
1822-25 Passalacqua and the Tombs of Two Mentuhotepsp. 27
1824 The Tomb of an Egyptian Hero: General Djehutyp. 30
1827 The First Intact Burial of an Egyptian King: Nubkheperre Intefp. 32
1834 The Gold of Meroe: Ferlini's Treasurep. 35
II 1850-1881 The First Archaeologistsp. 38
1851 The Burial Place of the Apis Bulls: Mariette and the Serapeump. 40
1855 The Harris Papyri: The Greatest Collection Ever Foundp. 45
1857 Prince Plonplon and the Burial of Kamosep. 47
1859 An Egyptian Queen: The Coffin and Jewels of Ahhotepp. 50
1860 Finding the Tomb of Hesyre, Chief Royal Scribep. 55
1881 The Pyramid Texts: The World's Oldest Religious Literaturep. 60
III 1881-1914 The Glory Yearsp. 62
1881 Royal Mummies: The Deir el-Bahri Cachep. 64
1883 Greeks in Egypt: Naukratisp. 67
1886 The Tomb of Sennudjem, Servant in the Place of Truthp. 69
1887 Pharaoh's Diplomatic Archive: The Amarna Lettersp. 72
1888 Faces from the Past: The Faiyum Portraitsp. 76
1891 Mummies of the Priests of Amun: Bab el-Gasusp. 81
1891-92 Paintings from Akhenaten's Palace at el-Amarnap. 83
1894-95 Jewels of Egyptian Princesses: De Morgan at Dahshurp. 88
1895 The Finest Faience: The Tuna el-Gebel Findp. 92
1895 Predynastic Graves at Naqadap. 94
1897-99 Hierakonpolis: City of the Falcon-Godp. 97
1898-99 Loret in the Valley of the Kingsp. 101
1896-1906 The Oxyrhynchus Papyri: In Search of the Classicsp. 107
1899 Tombs of Egypt's Earliest Kings at Abydosp. 109
1902-14 Theodore Davis in the Valley of the Kings: 'A New Tomb Every Season'p. 113
1903 The Karnak Cachette: The Largest Find of Statues Ever Madep. 118
1904 In 'the Place of Beauties': Nefertari and her Tombp. 121
1906 The Tomb of Kha, Architect of Pharaohp. 126
1906 Two Treasures from Tell Bastap. 129
1908-10 Statues of Menkaure: Reisner at Gizap. 132
1912 Nefertiti, Icon of Ancient Egypt: The Workshop of the Sculptor Thutmosep. 134
1914 The Hidden Treasure of Sithathoriunetp. 138
IV 1914-1945 Pharaohs and Mortalsp. 142
1915 The Tomb of Djehutynakht at Deir el-Bershap. 144
1915 The Jewels of Tell el-Muqdamp. 146
1916-20 Nubian Tombs of the 25th Dynasty: Nuri and el-Kurrup. 147
1916 'The Treasure of Three Egyptian Princesses'p. 150
1920 The Burials of Ashayet and 'Little Mayet'p. 153
1920 Letters from a Hectoring Father: The Heqanakht Papersp. 154
1920 The Models of Meketre: Ancient Egypt in Miniaturep. 156
1920 Unwrapping the Mummy of Wahp. 158
1922 The Tomb of Tutankhamunp. 160
1923 The Slain Soldiers of an Egyptian Kingp. 167
1925 The Mystery Tomb of Hetepheresp. 168
1925 An Amarna King and his Queen: The Karnak Colossip. 172
1928 The Library of Kenherkhepshef, Scribe and Scholarp. 174
1929 The Tomb of Queen Meryetamunp. 176
1931-34 Emery at Ballana and Qustul: The Tombs of the X-Groupp. 179
1935-39 Great Tombs of Early Egypt: Emery at Saqqarap. 182
1936 The Tomb of the Parents of Senenmut, Hatshepsut's Favouritep. 184
1936 The Tod Treasure: Tribute from East and Westp. 186
1939-46 Royal Tombs at Tanis: Treasures of the Third Intermediate Periodp. 189
1939 Amarna Reliefs from Hermopolisp. 194
V After 1945 Digging for Answersp. 196
1947 The Tell el-Maskhuta Treasurep. 198
1952 The Lost Pyramid of Sekhemkhetp. 200
1954 Khufu's Boats at the Great Pyramidp. 203
1964-71 The Sacred Animal Necropolis, Saqqarap. 206
1965 The Akhenaten Temple Project: Rebuilding by Computerp. 209
1974 The Unfinished Pyramid: Secrets of Raneferefp. 212
1975 New Kingdom Tombs at Saqqarap. 215
1987 A Tomb for the Sons of Ramesses IIp. 220
1987-97 Akhenaten's Prime Minister, Aperelp. 222
1987 Avaris and the Aegean: Minoan Frescoes in Egyptp. 224
1989 The Luxor Statue Cachep. 226
1990 The Tombs of the Pyramid Builders at Gizap. 229
1994 Egyptology Underwater: Alexandria ad Aegyptump. 232
1999 Valley of the Golden Mummies: The Necropolis in the Oasisp. 237
2000 Epiloguep. 240
Glossaryp. 242
Further Readingp. 242
Sources of Quotationsp. 247
Illustration Creditsp. 250
Indexp. 251