Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings

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Delving into one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, The Valley of the Kings is a fascinating account of the modern discovery of Egyptian tombs. Stuart Tyson Smith and Nancy Stone Bernard provide a history of excavation in Egypt, an analysis of its findings, and discuss the preservation challenges scientists and archaeologists face today. Filled with stunning artifacts and pictures of archaeologists at work -- from 80 years ago when Howard Carter first looked into King Tut's tomb to the recent excavation by Kent Weeks's team of KV5 -- Valley of the Kings brings to life the experience of sifting through rubble and suddenly finding unimaginable treasures that reveal how an ancient people lived. An interview with Stuart Tyson Smith, who worked on the massive Theban Mapping Project -- a ten-year endeavor to document the tombs -- and was a consultant for the movies Stargate, The Mummy, and The Mummy Returns, is a first-person story of what it's like to be an archaeologist and what he has to tell young people interested in archaeology as a career.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 47 pages
  • 204.2 x 265.7 x 9.9mm | 371.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0195147707
  • 9780195147704

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"This book sets a benchmark for quality nonfiction....Pairing an archaeologist with a science writer has produced a strong text....Students will be particularly intrigued with the interview that discusses Smith's initial interest in archaeology in the fifth grade, as well as his work with such contemporary movies as The Mummy and The Mummy Returns....A surefire winner. Highly recommended." --Library Media Connection"The text is fascinating while being literate and easy to undertand. The illustrations include photographs that have not been used in other books on the topic....A good addition to any library. Although the book is intended for readers in junior high and high school, adults will enjoy it as well." --Catholic Library World"This account of the archaeological exploration of Egypt's Valley of the Kings includes the discoveries of 19th-century circus strongman-turned-archaeologist Giovanni Belzoni and Howard Carter's sensational uncovering of King Tuthankhamun's tomb in the 1920s. Photographs of stunning artifacts and creepy, desiccated pharaohs will surely fascinate elementary school readers." --Odyssey "This book sets a benchmark for quality nonfiction....Pairing an archaeologist with a science writer has produced a strong text....Students will be particularly intrigued with the interview that discusses Smith's initial interest in archaeology in the fifth grade, as well as his work with such contemporary movies as The Mummy and The Mummy Returns....A surefire winner. Highly recommended." --Library Media Connection "The text is fascinating while being literate and easy to undertand. The illustrations include photographs that have not been used in other books on the topic....A good addition to any library. Although the book is intended for readers in junior high and high school, adults will enjoy it as well." --Catholic Library World "This account of the archaeological exploration of Egypt's Valley of the Kings includes the discoveries of 19th-century circus strongman-turned-archaeologist Giovanni Belzoni and Howard Carter's sensational uncovering of King Tuthankhamun's tomb in the 1920s. Photographs of stunning artifacts and creepy, desiccated pharaohs will surely fascinate elementary school readers." --Odyssey "This book sets a benchmark for quality nonfiction....Pairing an archaeologist with a science writer has produced a strong text....Students will be particularly intrigued with the interview that discusses Smith's initial interest in archaeology in the fifth grade, as well as his work with such contemporary movies as The Mummy and The Mummy Returns....A surefire winner. Highly recommended." --Library Media Connection "The text is fascinating while being literate and easy to undertand. The illustrations include photographs that have not been used in other books on the topic....A good addition to any library. Although the book is intended for readers in junior high and high school, adults will enjoy it as well." --Catholic Library World "This account of the archaeological exploration of Egypt's Valley of the Kings includes the discoveries of 19th-century circus strongman-turned-archaeologist Giovanni Belzoni and Howard Carter's sensational uncovering of King Tuthankhamun's tomb in the 1920s. Photographs of stunning artifacts and creepy, desiccated pharaohs will surely fascinate elementary school readers." --Odyssey "This book sets a benchmark for quality nonfiction....Pairing an archaeologist with a science writer has produced a strong text....Students will be particularly intrigued with the interview that discusses Smith's initial interest in archaeology in the fifth grade, as well as his work with suchcontemporary movies as The Mummy and The Mummy Returns....A surefire winner. Highly recommended." --Library Media Connection"The text is fascinating while being literate and easy to undertand. The illustrations include photographs that have not been used in other books on the topic....A good addition to any library. Although the book is intended for readers in junior high and high school, adults will enjoy it as well." --Catholic Library World"This account of the archaeological exploration of Egypt's Valley of the Kings includes the discoveries of 19th-century circus strongman-turned-archaeologist Giovanni Belzoni and Howard Carter's sensational uncovering of King Tuthankhamun's tomb in the 1920s. Photographs of stunning artifacts andcreepy, desiccated pharaohs will surely fascinate elementary school readers." --Odysseyshow more