The Curse of the Pharaohs

The Curse of the Pharaohs : My Adventures with Mummies

By (author) Zahi A. Hawass

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Many people still believe that, should someone disturb the resting place of the ancient Egyptians, they will be struck down with the 'curse of the mummies'. This book explores the myths and legends that surround the curse, as well as describing the archaeological excavations that contributed to our understanding.

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  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 238.76 x 279.4 x 20.32mm | 929.86g
  • 30 Jul 2004
  • National Geographic Books
  • Washington
  • English
  • col. Illustrations, maps
  • 079226665X
  • 9780792266655
  • 1,210,321

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A chatty tour through archaeological Egypt seeks to debunk legends of curses and refocus attention onto the culture and artifacts themselves. The head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt, author Hawass draws generously from his own experience, and what an experience it has been. From being on the scene of exciting discoveries to thwarting robbers, his career has taken him all over Egypt, and in somewhat rambling fashion, he communicates his passion and deep respect for his subject and his disdain for specious curses. Magnificent photographs, some taking up entire double-page spreads, illustrate the text. The narrative's strength-its chattiness-is also its weakness, as Hawass moves seemingly at random across time and geography, hamstringing any real hope of coherent organization. Still, the subject is of such coolness, and the author's enthusiasm so infectious, that this offering will find a ready readership. Back matter includes tips on becoming an archaeologist, a timeline, how a mummy was made, a primer on the Egyptian pantheon, a glossary, bibliography, and an index. (Nonfiction. 9-15) (Kirkus Reviews)

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