Secrets from the Sand: My Search for Egypt's Past

Secrets from the Sand: My Search for Egypt's Past

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By (author) Zahi A. Hawass

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 258mm x 28mm | 1,202g
  • Publication date: 3 November 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500051259
  • ISBN 13: 9780500051252
  • Illustrations note: 262 illustrations, 251 in colour
  • Sales rank: 1,294,821

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Zahi Hawass's lively descriptions of his life's work, accompanied by many previously unpublished photographs, take the reader all over Egypt, including the famous monuments at Giza, where he has supervised the restoration f the Sphinx and the Great Pyramids, explored the newly discovered tombs of the workers who built the pyramids, and developed a major plan to preserve the site under the tremendous pressure of tourism. Dr Hawass writes of life in ancient Egypt based on scientific analysis of excavations conducted by himself or under his supervision. He also spins tales of tomb-raiders, explains how he negotiates with locals, and describes in detail the experience of entering a tomb.

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Zahi Hawass is an archaeologist par excellence. For over 33 years, he has made his way through the sands of Egypt, supervising the restoration of the Sphinx and the Great Pyramids, as well as overseeing the spectacular discoveries in the Valley of the Golden Mummies. Secrets from the Sand is the story of his life, recounting how he came to be the premier expert in his field, his major excavations and conservation projects with adventurous, exciting anecdotes thrown in for good measure. There are tales of tomb robbers, finding stolen treasures and hunting for American tourists intruding in the Pyramids at night to meditate. There are many incredible photographs to illustrate his magnificent finds and this book contains an invaluable mine of information. What is overwhelmingly obvious is Hawass's heartfelt and earnest passion for his work that has led him to selflessly dedicate himself to protecting the heritage of Egypt for his nation, and international benefit. (Kirkus UK)