Eyewitness to Discovery

Eyewitness to Discovery : First Person Accounts of More Than Fifty of the World's Greatest Archaeological Discoveries

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Archaeology has an aura of romance and a long history of startling discoveries wrested from clinging soil. Indeed, patience and persistence can lead to spectacular finds, as they did for Howard Carter in November 1922. After seven years searching the Egyptian desert, Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun, and in these vivid words he described what the tomb held in store: "At first I could see nothing, the hot air escaping from the chamber causing the candle flame to flicker, but presently, as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold - everywhere the glint of gold". In this text, Brian Fagan gathers together 57 accounts of some of the world's greatest archaeological discoveries, from the tomb of Tutankhamun and the Aegean Marbles to Otzi the Iceman and Machu Picchu, as told by the people who discovered them.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 503 pages
  • 187.96 x 246.38 x 27.94mm | 884.5g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 195th ed.
  • 12 colour halftones, 1 map
  • 0195126513
  • 9780195126518

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"An ambitious book....Some of these accounts are as thrilling as a detective story...one or two are full of a strange, astonished poetry...others are full of gold."--The Economist"Brian Fagan is one of the most successful popularizers of archaeology, and has a reputation for being both interesting and accurate....[these] stories are still fresh and lively today....But there is more than mere entertainment here, and Fagan sets out to educate as well as to amuse."--Nature "An ambitious book....Some of these accounts are as thrilling as a detective story...one or two are full of a strange, astonished poetry...others are full of gold."--The Economist "Brian Fagan is one of the most successful popularizers of archaeology, and has a reputation for being both interesting and accurate....[these] stories are still fresh and lively today....But there is more than mere entertainment here, and Fagan sets out to educate as well as to amuse."--Nature "An ambitious book....Some of these accounts are as thrilling as a detective story...one or two are full of a strange, astonished poetry...others are full of gold."--The Economist "Brian Fagan is one of the most successful popularizers of archaeology, and has a reputation for being both interesting and accurate....[these] stories are still fresh and lively today....But there is more than mere entertainment here, and Fagan sets out to educate as well as to amuse."--Nature "An ambitious book....Some of these accounts are as thrilling as a detective story...one or two are full of a strange, astonished poetry...others are full of gold."--The Economist"Brian Fagan is one of the most successful popularizers of archaeology, and has a reputation for being both interesting and accurate....[these] stories are still fresh and lively today....But there is more than mere entertainment here, and Fagan sets out to educate as well as to amuse."--Natureshow more

About Brian M. Fagan

About the Editor: Brian M. Fagan is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of The Adventure of Archaeology and The Rape of the Nile, and is a Contributing Editor for Archaeology magazine.show more

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