Pyramids & Tombs of Ancient Egypt

Pyramids & Tombs of Ancient Egypt

An In-depth Guide to the Burial Sites of An Ancient Civilization, Beautifully Illustrated With Over 200 Photographs

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This new volume offers insight into the burial practices of the ancient Egyptians. It looks in detail at architecture and construction techniques and traces the development of individual tombs into lavish complexes. These sites also give us an understanding of ancient beliefs: paintings, statues, carvings and texts depict scenes both from mythology and from daily life.

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A fascinating tour of the ancient burial sites of Giza, Memphis and Saqqara, and of the wild and remote Valley of the Kings, where the famous tomb of the boy-king Tutankhamun was discovered

Detailed surveys of the tombs of the Egyptian pharaohs, their queens and their royal officials, with analysis of the architecture and construction techniques

An exploration of burial rites, rituals and ancient beliefs, with translations of the hieroglyphic spells and explanations of their significance

Stunning photographic reproductions of the burial artifacts, from jewelry to furniture and even boats, with intriguing accounts of the intricate precautions taken to safeguard the relics from tomb robbers

Written by an expert Egyptologist, the book offers an insight into the history and politics of Egyptology, the rivalry between the European nations, and the race for museum treasures

From the dawn of history to the coming of Christianity, the ancient Egyptians seem to have cherished hope of eternal life. Even the most simple of graves from the Pre-dynastic period to the end of the Pharaonic era contained grave goods, which appear to have been placed beside the body to provide for the needs of the deceased in the Afterlife. Death was regarded as a welcome passage from this life to the next. All those who could afford it, therefore, spent much of their adult life preparing an appropriate burial place.

This volume offers an intriguing insight into the burial practices of the ancient Egyptians. It looks in detail at architecture and construction techniques, from mudbrick and stone pyramids to rock-cut tombs, and traces the development of individual tombs into lavish complexes devoted to the Underworld. These sites also give us an insight into ancient beliefs: paintings, statues, carvings and texts depict scenes both from mythology and from daily life. The Great Pyramids themselves, one of the Ancient Wonders of the World, are testimony to the status of the kings, who were worshiped as gods after death.

Lavishly illustrated with over 200 beautiful photographs and detailed plans of the major sites, this informative book will inspire the reader with its fresh and authoritative view of this fascinating ancient civilization.

Lorna Oakes lectures regularly at the British Museum and Birkbeck College, London University, and has led many lecture tours to Egypt and Syria. Her work at the British Museum has included producing trails and a teachers' guide on the Assyrian Galleries, taking part in the program of gallery talks and lectures, and teaching school groups and theological college students. She has written a British Museum children's activity book, The Assyrians, and Teaching the Assyrians, a Historical Association booklet for teachers. She is the author of Temples and Sacred Sites of Ancient Egypt (Southwater).

Publisher: London : Southwater, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781844769100
1844769100
Branch Call Number: 932 Oakes 2010
Characteristics: 128 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm

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