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Title:
Hidden treasures of ancient Egypt : unearthing the masterpieces of Egyptian history
Author:
Hawass, Zahi A.
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Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
239 pages : illustrations (some color), 1 color map ; 31 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780792263197
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Book

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Summary

Summary

A world famous Egyptologist presents the stories of the fabulous ancient treasures contained within Cairo's Egyptian Museum, many of which have never been seen outside of Egypt, complete with beautiful color photographs of the masterpieces.


Author Notes

Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, is credited with major discoveries, such as the tombs of the Giza pyramid builders and the Valley of the Golden Mummies, He has been a consultant for film, television, and magazines, and lectures throughout the world. In 2000, Hawass received the Distinguished Scholar award from the Association of Egyptian American Scholars


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Forgotten artifacts unearthed from the basement of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo or reclaimed from dusty warehouses for the institution's centennial exhibit "Hidden Treasures" join key pieces from the permanent collection to form the foundation of this sumptuous tour of the archeological history of Egypt. Aided by Kenneth Garrett's adept photography, Hawass, an Egyptologist and head of the country's antiquities council, narrates the past 150 years of excavation, from the colonial period-when Westerners overwhelmed the ranks of those recovering the nation's treasures-through Egypt's independence and the present era of international cooperation. A last section explains current discoveries driving the field as well as Hawass' efforts to preserve ancient sites and increase Egyptians' knowledge of and access to their heritage. This breathtaking glimpse at the country's archeological wealth should excite curious and adventurous minds worldwide. 120 color photographs. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.


Library Journal Review

Hawass, secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, is the author of scholarly and popular publications, including Valley of the Golden Mummies. Inspired by the 2002 centennial of Cairo's Egyptian Museum, he has assembled this catalog for the nonspecialist. The book presents more than 100 objects in coffee-table-book format, all reproduced in large, full-color illustrations. Some of the objects are well known, while others were taken from storage, having appeared in the special exhibition "Hidden Treasures of the Egyptian Museum." Still others were recovered from abroad. The objects are arranged not by period of creation but by order of discovery and divided into two sections ("From Colonialism to Nationalism, 1850-1950" and "The Era of International Cooperation, 1950 to the Present"), with historical introductions to place them in archaeological context and introduce the reader to native Egyptian scholars overlooked in favor of their Western colleagues. A third section, "Exciting New Discoveries from Aswan to Saqqara," includes an overview of the recent excavations of the great temple of Ramesses II at Akhmim, the latest findings from the quarry of the Unfinished Obelisk at Aswan, and two intact First Dynasty tombs found at Saqqara. A bibliography would have fulfilled the potential of this book, and scholars would have found the objects' accession numbers useful. On the whole, however, this book is recommended for all public libraries. Edward 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.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 10
Part I From Colonialism to Nationalism 1850 to 1950p. 18
Part II The Era of International Cooperation 1950 to the Presentp. 104
Part III Exciting New Discoveriesp. 210
Final Wordsp. 226
Timelinep. 232
Indexp. 236
Creditsp. 240