The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World

The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World : The Great Monuments and How They Were Built

Edited by Chris Scarre

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How were the ancient wonders of the world built? How many people did it take to build the Great Wall of China and the Sphinx at Giza? This text seeks to answer such questions, examining these spectacular feats of engineering and celebrating the achievements of the builders who worked without the aid of modern technology. Expanding on the theme of the traditional Seven Wonders, the book broadens the scope to incorporate marvels from around the globe, spanning the centuries from the first standing stones of the fifth millennium BC to the Great Temple of the Aztecs in the 16th century AD. The raising of the stones at Stonehenge, the erection of Egyptian obelisks, the building of Roman roads and the laying out of the Nazca Lines on the face of the Peruvian Desert are all described and explained in the light of archaeological research. The text also features factfiles, diagrams, photographs and perspective views.

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 208.28 x 261.62 x 35.56mm | 1,610.24g
  • 04 Oct 1999
  • Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 333 illustrations, 140 in colour
  • 0500050961
  • 9780500050965
  • 620,228

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Starting with the seven wonders of the world, this fascinating book looks at 70 of the ancient world's greatest monuments. From Angkor Wat and the Great Wall of China to Stonehenge and the Nazca Lines, roads, buildings, statues and tombs are all visited. The text is highly informative, describing why and how the projects were completed, often using the simplest tools and requiring mammoth amounts of human effort. Diagrams, photographs and drawings complete the picture, all presented clearly by an international team of archaeological experts. This is a superb book to dip into. (Kirkus UK)

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