Giza and the Pyramids

Mark Lehner
Zahi Hawass

For more than four thousand years the pyramids of Giza have stood like giant question marks that have intrigued and endlessly fascinated people: who e

English edition
560 pp.
450 illus.
23X28cm
ISBN 9789774168147
For sale only in Egypt

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For more than four thousand years the pyramids of Giza have stood like giant question marks that have intrigued and endlessly fascinated people: who exactly built them, when and why, and how did they create these colossal structures? But the pyramids are not a complete mystery—the stones, the hieroglyphs, the landscape, and even the layers of sand and debris hold stories for us to read. Mark Lehner and Zahi Hawass, with over four decades of involvement with Giza, here provide their unique and personal insight into the site, bringing together all the information and evidence, making this a record unparalleled in its detail and scope.

The celebrated Great Pyramid of Khufu is the only one of the seven wonders of the ancient world still standing, but there is much more to Giza and it is important to see the whole picture. We may think of the pyramids as rising from the desert, isolated and enigmatic, yet they were surrounded by temples, tombs, vast cemeteries, and even teeming towns of the living. All are described in detail here and brought back to life, with hundreds of illustrations including detailed photographs of the monuments, excavations, and objects, as well as plans, reconstructions, and the latest images from remote-controlled cameras and laser scans.

Through the ages, and up to the present day, Giza and the pyramids have inspired the most extraordinary speculations and wild theories, but here, finally, in this prestigious publication, is the full story as told by the evidence on the ground, by the leading authorities on the site.

Mark Lehner

MARK LEHNER is visiting assistant professor of Egyptian archaeology at the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, and a research associate at the Harvard Semitic Museum. From 1979 to 1983 he directed the Sphinx and Isis Temple Project and since 1984 he has been director of the Giza Plateau Mapping Project.

Zahi Hawass

Dr. Zahi Hawass is the former secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities and the author of many books on ancient Egypt.
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