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Title:
Curse of the pharaohs : my adventures with mummies
Author:
Hawass, Zahi A.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
144 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 29 cm
Summary:
Zahi A. Hawass, currently in charge of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt, tells true stories of archaeology and Egypt's treasures.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.4 3.0 79494.
ISBN:
9780792266655
Format :
Book

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Zahi Hawass is a world-famous Egyptian archaeologist and the head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. He has been excavating around the pyramids at Giza for the last 20 years. He also digs at Saqqara and in the Bahariya Oasis


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Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. Why do people want to believe that the ancient Egyptians wish to reach out over thousands of years and do us harm? asks Hawass, the head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. The answer, he argues, goes back to the opening of King Tut's tomb, when the deaths of several people associated with the discovery fueled notions of a pharaoh's curse, propagated by journalists and Hollywood. Hawass tries to refute manifestations of the so-called curse by citing natural explanations or just plain coincidence. Unfortunately, the sheer quantity of eerie concurrences (as when Hawass suffered a heart attack just before announcing a major discovery) may unintentionally leave some readers more convinced than ever of the ancients' ill intentions. When not devoted to furthering his debunking agenda, Hawass' writing is passionate, informative, and kid friendly (he notes that mummies smell awful ). Even so, what will probably most attract aspiring archeologists are the National Geographic-quality photographs, which lend tantalizing immediacy to real-life tales from the crypt. Ample end matter concludes. --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Written by a lifelong Egyptologist, Curse of the Pharaohs: My Adventures with Mummies by Zahi Hawass delineates and attempts to debunk the alleged curses attached to the entering of the pharaohs' tombs. Hawass has had mysterious experiences of his own, in connection with their excavation-the deaths of three of his relatives each coincided with his transporting artifacts from tombs to a museum. Still, he claims, "The dearest wish of the ancient Egyptian was to have his or her name live forever. Tutankhamun... would likely be grateful rather than angry that his tomb was discovered." (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-Some children will already be familiar with the work of this Egyptian archaeologist from TV documentaries about his excavations along the Nile. Hawass is passionate about this work and effectively relates his enthusiasm for it in this first-person account that has the same immediacy as the televised specials. The history of the mummy's curse becomes the frame of his narrative, but the author is at his best when describing his excavations, their inherent dangers (ancient germs, crumbling rock, snakes), and the excitement of discovery. His stories of grave robbers caught millennium ago, and documented in papyrus texts, are fascinating. He also discusses his recent excavations at Giza and his discovery of multichambered tombs at Bahariya Oasis that contain hundreds of mummies. After providing readers with some history of the many myths and legends surrounding the "curse," which he attributes to novelists and "silly" Hollywood movies, he adds a few of his own stories and experiences with the "magic" of the tombs. The full-color photos are superb; they include clear close-up shots of mummies, statues, artifacts, sites, and a number of the scientist at work. There are also a few helpful cutaway diagrams. Appendixes provide tips for kids thinking about a future in archaeology, information on mummification, and useful glossaries. While the exciting title and cover will draw young readers in, it's Hawass's passion, storytellling skills, and the terrific illustrations that will keep them reading.-Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Part 1 My Adventuresp. 1
Introductionp. 3
Chapter 1 May Your Name Live Foreverp. 9
Chapter 2 The Birth of the Cursep. 25
Chapter 3 Real Egyptian Cursesp. 45
Chapter 4 My Real-Life Brushes with the Cursep. 71
Chapter 5 Dangers and Rewardsp. 93
Chapter 6 The Truth About the Cursep. 111
Afterwordp. 123
Part 2 More about Ancient Egyptp. 126
Appendix 1 Tips for Becoming an Archaeologistp. 129
Appendix 2 Tracing Egypt's Glorious Pastp. 130
Appendix 3 How a Mummy Was Madep. 132
Appendix 4 Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egyptp. 134
Appendix 5 Glossaryp. 136
Resourcesp. 140
Indexp. 142