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The Lost Tomb: The Most Extraordinary Archaeological Discovery of Our Time - The Burial Site of the Sons of Rameses II [Anglais] [Broché]

Kent R. Weeks
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Kent Weeks made international headlines when, seventy feet below the surface of Egypt's Valley of the Kings he found the largest and most complicated mausoleum yet discovered, the tomb of Ramesses II's sons. Now for the first time, Weeks shares up-to-the-minute details on the thrilling discoveryand contemplates what the tomb, called KV5, will reveal as the excavation moves forward. Built in the age of Exodus, the tomb could potentially transform ancient and biblical history. Its lower levels, possibly containing mummies of Ramesses II's sons, may shed new light on many of the mysteries of the Old Testament, including the story of Moses and the flight of the Israelites from Egypt.

Weeks draws on his own diaries, as well as those of his wife and his foreman, to describe the excitement and risks that surround such a significant find. From floodwaters that threatened the opened tomb and the precarious craw spaces deep within it, to thieving tourists and scorpions, this adventure is not for the weak of heart. Photographs and sketches illustrate the crew's progress and the objects and decorations found in the tomb's chambers and hallways The resulta true-life, impossibly thrilling Raiders of the Lost Arkwill entrance readers from beginning to end. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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Dr. Kent Weeks is an Egyptologist with the American University inCairo. He received a Ph.D. from Yale in 1970, and is the co-author ofX-Raying the Pharaohs. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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  • Broché: 320 pages
  • Editeur : Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ); Édition : New Ed (15 juillet 1999)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0753806819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753806814
  • Dimensions du produit: 19,6 x 12,8 x 3 cm
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 brilliant book! 22 septembre 2010
Ce livre est vraiment intéressant,et donne envie d'y aller tout de suite, même si le tombeau en question n'est pas encore ouvert au publique!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Waiting for Vol 2. 4 février 2000
Par Richard S. Sullivan - Publié sur
This is your book if:
-You have had a casual interest in things ancient and Egyptian for over 50 years.
-You have had fantasies of being an archeologist yourself at one time.
-You are not going to lose any sleep over a mislabeled mummy in an illustration.
-You are not totally focused on the KV5 tomb - there's more here.
-You would like an inside peek at archeology in the works.
-You have no interest in playing a role in the inside politics of contemporary Egyptology.
-You bust a gut laughing over the idea that Martians built the pyramids.
-And you have some time to spend; because once you start, you won't want to put it down.
A terrific tour de force. I loved the side trips and comments about working in a tourist Mecca much like monkeys in a zoo, I didn't find it disjointed or fragmented either.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A bit of a jumble, but worth the time of author and reader. 24 juin 1999
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Upon receiving this book as a Christmas gift, I was elated beyond description. Granted, it took me a while to finish the book (I'll admit, the jumps from one topic to another are prevalent) but upon it's completion, I was ever the more so inclined to work my butt off to earn my education money to study the shared passion of Dr. Weeks and myself - Egyptology. This book is a must read for anyone even remotely interested in the anthropological field. Dr. Weeks does not write under the false pretense that his book is meant to be a source of technological procedures used in archaeological digs. He comes right out and says that if you want to read HOW to dig, this book isn't going to teach you. For a book taken from journals/diaries and personal experiences, it is simply amazing. The historical information provided is wonderfully unpatronizing. Dr. Weeks does not assume the reader knows nothing of anthropology, and yet it is understandable, not overly pretentious of his achievements in his chosen field. I highly reccommend this book to anyone going into anthro/archaeology, as well as to those who just have a general interest in the topic.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating account of the re-discovery of KV5 6 février 2000
Par Vincent Lau - Publié sur
This is an fascinating account of the discovery, or, to be precise, re-discovery, of the sprawling KV5 tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Dr. Kent Weeks, who heads the excavation project, provides us with a lucid narrative of the events in which the inquisitive mind and perseverence of archeologists and others who're involved in the venture finally led to the unveiling of one of the most amazing tombs in dynastic Egypt. The author has adopted a matter of fact approach and thankfully does not sensationalise matters or make wild predictions that are unsupported by facts. Nevertheless, the story is embellished by rich details, a sense of humour and some human touches, making it an enjoyable read from beginning to end. Furthermore, the reader can also know something about the not-too-glamorous side of archeology (which often involves tedious work in highly uncomfortable and even claustrophobic environment) and this, by itself, can be quite eye-opening to the uninitiated. On the other hand, the sense of awe and amazement on the part of those who first entered the "lost tomb", as well as the sense of disappointment at some other stages in the excavation, is palpable. With its friendly writing style and interesting subject matter, I believe that this book would not only appeal to those who're already steeped in Egyptology or archeology in general, it should also be easily appreciated by the general reader.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The Lost Tomb 15 mars 2000
Par Atheen M. Wilson - Publié sur
I enjoyed the book but felt it was more of a personal diary than a truely descriptive work, and was therefore somewhat lacking in continuity and organization. It tends to bounce from biographical information on the author to accounts of workers and their lives to actual discussions of the excavation of KV5, sometimes within the same chapter. Some of the descriptions of the excavation were painfully detailed--to the centimeter of debris removed--and might not necessarily be of interest to the average nonprofessional for whom the book is probably intended. The final chapters were mostly a compendium of data and professional opinions (with heavy emphasis on the latter) regarding late 18th and early 19th dynasty kings and queens and what they might share in common. Most interesting to me was the information regarding some of Ramesses' sons, though very little is known of most of them.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Literate, readable and exciting survey of important find 20 juin 1999
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Ignore the nit-picking criticisms of some of the other attached reviews by would-be egyptologists; Weeks' discovery and subsequent investigation of a significant unexplored section of a tomb dismissed by the "professional" community has provoked much jealous, petty sniping. The facts are that his credentials are well established, as any read of the book will show, and his team's persistence uncovered what may yet turn out to be one of the most extensive sites in the Valley. Furthermore, he deserves additional praise for potentially saving an incredible location that was actively endangered by encroaching twentieth century activity, as anyone who actually has the interests of the science at heart would attest. If you are at all interested in the subject, his account is engaging and readable; the excitement of the discovery is well captured and conveyed to the reader. Furthermore, his commentary on the people and culture of modern Egypt is well worth reading, illustrating how politics and archaeology are unfortunately sometimes inseparable and how a true professional in the field must understand both to be effective. Do not let wanna-be armchair quarterbacks dissuade you from enjoying this book; I for one look forward to additional documentation of the other areas of the complex, as they are opened, and trust that Weeks will be working and contributing to the field for years to come.
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