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Egypt Uncovered


Publisher:British Museum Press



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This handsomely produced and illustrated history of ancient Egypt refutes the popular notion that there is little left of archaeological interest to be discovered in the region. In fact, it explains, there are new and important archaeological discoveries being made all the time, both in the field and, increasingly, in the laboratory. Such is the weight of new information that even professional Egyptologists are having difficulty keeping up, and some of the by-products of their research are proving to be of direct benefit to us today (for instance techniques developed to electronically scan mummified corpses have helped advance medical practice). Although aimed at the general reader--the book is the accompaniment to a television series--there is little evidence of any dumbing down. Vivian Davies, keeper of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum, and Renee Friedman, who has excavated in Egypt for over twenty years, present a vast range of detailed scientific and historical data. Focusing on some of the key archaeological sites along the Nile, it is hugely to their credit that the book remains both accessible and relevant, with their text richly accompanied by some wonderfully striking photographs and inventive use of computer graphics. --Nick Wroe

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