The Valley of the Golden Mummies
By (author) Zahi A. Hawass
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Valley of the Golden Mummies by Zahi A. Hawass
Book DescriptionThe astonishing discovery of the Valley of the Golden Mummies in Bahariya Oasis, deep in the Western Desert of Egypt, is considered perhaps the most spectacular Egyptian archeological discovery since that of Tutankhamun's tomb. This vast site was uncovered by accident, when a donkey stumbled into the opening of one of the many underground tombs of a 2,000-year-old cemetery believed to cover approximately two square miles. Never before have so many mummies been discovered at a single site: multi-chambered tombs dating from the Roman period in Egypt held rows of mummies, many adorned with gilded masks and painted cases, others wrapped in linen. Whole families were found placed together. Jewelry, pottery, amulets, and other artifacts were also uncovered, and it is estimated that as many as 10,000 mummies may ultimately be uncovered from the site, which has escaped plunderers and is thus remarkably intact. Featuring some 250 color illustrations, most of which have never before been published, this exciting book reveals the lives, customs, and religious beliefs of this until now little-known community. It will both fascinate and enthrall all those with an interest in the ancient history of Egypt.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9789774245855
(250mm x 300mm x 23mm)
Imprint: The American University in Cairo Press
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Publish Date: 30-Jan-2000
Country of Publication: Egypt
Books By Author Zahi A. Hawass
Scanning the Pharaohs, Hardback (December 2014)
The latest discoveries about the royal mummies and what they reveal about the life and death of ancient Egyptians, with 340 high quality illustrations.
Discovering Tutankhamun, Paperback (November 2013)
The most up-to-date account of the boy king's life, from the discovery of the tomb in 1922 by Howard Carter to the latest CT-scanning, X-raying, and DNA studies. By the world-renowned Egyptologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Zahi Hawass, who lead the first DNA analysis of royal mummies in 2010.
Illustrated Guide to the Luxor Museum of Ancient Art and the Nubia Museum of Aswan, Paperback (August 2013)
A full-color guide to the most spectacular museums of Upper Egypt
Pyramids, Hardback (August 2011)» View all books by Zahi A. Hawass
Besides being marvelous architectural constructions produced in very ancient history, the pyramids are the most apparent aspect of the unique religious and metaphysical beliefs of a civilization that developed on the banks of the Nile and evolved to an extraordinarily refined level. Yet the pyramids are still shrouded in mystery.
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Author Biography - Zahi A. Hawass
Dr. Zahi Hawass is director-general of the Giza Pyramids and Saqqara.
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