The great pyramids of Giza have intrigued humanity for thousands of years. Questions about the construction and purpose of these majestic monuments have existed since the middle period of ancient Egyptian civilization. Recent cutting-edge research, unimaginable to previous generations, has uncovered information about how and why they were built. In Mountains of the Pharaohs, Zahi Hawass tells for the fist time the complete story of the pyramids, weaving the latest archaeological data and an enthralling family history into spellbinding narrative. Nearly five thousand years ago, the fourth dynasty of Egypt’s Old Kingdom reigned over a highly advanced civilization. Believed to be gods, the royal family lived amid colossal palaces and temples built to honor them and their deified ancestors. Hawass brings these extraordinary historical figures to life, telling a saga that includes the triumphant ascension to the throne of one of only four queens to ever rule Egypt. The magnificent pyramids attest to not only the dynasty’s supreme power but also the engineering expertise and architectural sophistication that flourished under their rule. Hawass argues that the pyramids were built not by slaves, as is commonly believed, but by skilled craftsmen who took great pride in their work. Mountains of the Pharaohs is an unprecedented account of one of civilization’s greatest achievements. “This narrative history of the ancient Egyptian 4th Dynasty, written by one of the top scholars in the field, builds an engaging and accessible picture of the kings who built the greatest pyramids. All of the most recent discoveries at Giza, many made by the author himself over the past two decades, are included here. The book balances hard fact with clearly labeled theory, and will give the reader a unique view of the current state of knowledge about this fascinating period of time.”—Mark Lehner
Mountains of the Pharaohs
The Untold Story of the Pyramid Builders
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The Sound and Light of NubiaIntroduced by Zahi Hawass
One of the highlights of a visit to the remote and imposing temples of Abu Simbel in Egypt’s far south is the famed Sound & Light Show, a spectacular show of music, historical narration, and lights and images played on the ancient statues and temple façades. This new, full-color presentation serves as the ideal record—or foretaste—of the Abu Simbel Sound & Light experience, with a historical introduction to the area and the temples by internationally renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass, and the complete script of the show, accompanied by over 60 beautiful photographs of the light show and of the Abu Simbel temples and other sights of Nubia....read more
15 September 2010
The Sound and Light of ThebesIntroduced by Zahi Hawass
One of the highlights of a visit to the historic monuments of Luxor, ancient Thebes, is the famed Sound & Light Show in the great temple complex of Karnak. As visitors arrive after sunset at the first pylon and walk through the magnificent hypostyle hall, they are treated to the first part of this spectacular show of music, historical narration, and lights and images played on the ancient walls. The experience continues as they reach their seats and view the culmination of the spectacle on the ancient stones across the sacred lake. This new, full-color presentation serves as the ideal record—or foretaste—of the Karnak Sound & Light experience, with a historical introduction to the area and the temples by internationally renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass, and the complete script of the show, accompanied by over 60 beautiful photographs of the light show and of Karnak Temple and other sights of Luxor....read more
1 March 2010
Over 60 color illus.
The Sound and Light of EdfuIntroduced by Zahi Hawass
Photographs by Sherif Sonbol
One of the highlights of a visit to the temple of Horus at Edfu, halfway between Luxor and Aswan in Upper Egypt, is the famed Sound & Light Show, a spectacular show of music, historical narration , and lights and images played on the ancient temple facade and inside the columned courtyards and hallways. This new, full-color presentation serves as the ideal record—or fortaste—of the Edfu Sound & Light Experience, with historical introduction to the area and the temple by internationally renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass, and the complete script of the show, accompanied by over 60 beautiful photographs of the light show and of the Horus Temple and surrounding sites....read more
15 March 2011
60 color illus.
The Sound and Light of GizaIntroduced by Zahi Hawass
A visit to the magnificent Pyramids of Giza, the one remaining Wonder of the ancient world, is incomplete without enjoying the performance of the spectacular Sound & Light Show of music, historical narration, and lights and images played out on the ancient stones themselves and on the eternal Sphinx. This new, full-color presentation serves as the ideal record—or foretaste—of the Pyramids Sound & Light experience, with a historical introduction to the Pyramid Age by internationally renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass, and the complete script of the show, accompanied by over 60 beautiful photographs of the light show and of the Giza Pyramids and temples and other pyramids of Egypt....read more
15 September 2010
This publication discusses the pottery that was discovered by Zahi Hawass’s excavations at Giza, including the Cemetery of the Pyramid Builders, the Western Cemetery, and the settlement beneath the modern suburb of Nazlet el-Samman....read more
1 March 2009
Restoration Past and PresentZahi Hawass
Foreword byH.E. Farouk Hosni
Introduction byGaballa Ali Gaballa
This lavishly illustrated, bilingual English and Arabic volume tells the story of the Sphinx from ancient times to the present, focusing particularly on the task—first addressed in the second millenium BC—of preserving it. Published to mark the completion of a major modern restoration project, the book is an invaluable and fascinating document, a testimony not only to the skills of the people who built the Sphinx, but to those who have maintained and renewed it down the ages....read more
1 September 1998
47 color photographs
Annales du Service des Antiquités de l’Egypte
Supreme Council of Antiquities
Vol. 78Supreme Council of Antiquities
For centuries, Egyptian civilization and its antiquities have inspired passionate interest. Archaeologists, engineers, astronomers, poets, painters, people of different cultures, and travelers have been riveted by Egypt’s ancient monuments. How much do we really know about these awe-inspiring wonders of the ancient world? This publication provides an up-to-date account of archaeology in the land of the pharaohs, including new discoveries and recent studies. This authoritative volume remains the definitive source for the findings of the various archaeological excavations undertaken in Egypt. For more than a hundred years, the Annales du Service has been studied by Egyptologists, students, and laypersons alike. Published under the auspices of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, its contributors include some of the most well-known Egyptologists in the world covering a broad range of archaeological disciplines and spectrums....read more
31 March 2013
190 b/w illus.
Ancient Egyptian Art
A Visual Encyclopedia
A Visual EncyclopediaAlice Cartocci
From the earliest clay figures and ivory combs of Predynastic times, through the masterful statuary of the Old Kingdom and the exquisite tomb paintings of the New Kingdom, to the astonishingly modern painted portraits of the Greco-Roman era, the artistic achievements of Egypt span over four thousand years. In this unique new visual reference work, the finest examples of Egyptian art from museum collections around the world are illustrated to advantage in more than 360 beautiful full-color photographs. Not only a feast for the eyes, this book is informative too, with introductions to each historical period, graphic summaries of Egyptian history and great archaeological discoveries, and a chronology and glossary. This celebration and pageant of ancient Egyptian creative expression deserves a place on the shelves of Egyptologists and art lovers alike....read more
1 March 2010
360 color illus.
African Kingdoms on the Nile
Edited by Marjorie M. Fisher Peter Lacovara Salima Ikram Sue D’Auria Photographs by Chester Higgins Jr. Foreword by Zahi Hawass
African Kingdoms on the NileEdited by Marjorie M. Fisher
Photographs byChester Higgins Jr.
Foreword by Zahi Hawass
2012 American Publishers (PROSE) Awards winner for Best Archaeology & Anthropology Book For most of the modern world, ancient Nubia seems an unknown and enigmatic land. Only a handful of archaeologists have studied its history or unearthed the Nubian cities, temples, and cemeteries that once dotted the landscape of southern Egypt and northern Sudan. Nubia’s remote setting in the midst of an inhospitable desert, with access by river blocked by impassable rapids, has lent it not only an air of mystery, but also isolated it from exploration. Over the past century, particularly during this last generation, scholars have begun to focus more attention on the fascinating cultures of ancient Nubia, ironically prompted by the construction of large dams that have flooded vast tracts of the ancient land. This book attempts to document some of what has recently been discovered about ancient Nubia, with its remarkable history, architecture, and culture, and thereby to give us a picture of this rich, but unfamiliar, African legacy....read more
6 September 2012
200 color illus.
The Necropolis of the Sons of the Sun
The Necropolis of the Sons of the SunMiroslav Verner
At the center of the world-famous pyramid field of the Memphite necropolis lies a group of pyramids, temples, and tombs named after the nearby village of Abusir. Long overshadowed by the more familiar pyramids at Giza and Saqqara, this area has nonetheless been the site, for the last fifty years, of an extensive operation to discover its past. This thoroughly updated in-depth study documents the uncovering by a dedicated team of Czech archaeologists of a hitherto neglected wealth of ancient remains dating from the Old Kingdom to the Late Period. This is Abusir, realm of Osiris, God of the dead, and its story is one of both modern archaeology and the long-buried mysteries that it seeks to uncover....read more
1 August 2017
210 bw 25 color
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