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Title:
Searching for the lost tombs of Egypt
ISBN:
9780500051993
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Publication Information:
London : Thames & Hudson Ltd, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
288 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps, plans ; 24 cm
Contents:
Introduction -- Imhotep: the man who became a god -- Visible to invisible: Amenhotep I and the Valley of the Kings -- The missing Amarna royals: the enduring mystery -- Herihor: a tomb to 'make Tutankhamun look like Woolworths'? -- A kingdom divided: the royal tombs of the Third Intermediate Period -- Buried three times in Egypt: the tombs of Alexander the Great -- The lost tomb of Cleopatra: a mausoleum lost underwater or a secret burial awaiting discovery? -- Final thoughts.
Summary:
"Egypt boasts some of the most spectacular ancient ruins in the world, scattered across the entire country. Over the past two centuries, archaeologists have unearthed the burials of some of Egypt's celebrated pharaohs, from the chambers deep within the famed pyramids at Giza to the tombs hidden away in the rocky hills of the Valley of the Kings. And yet, many of the most intriguing and notorious individuals remain unaccounted for. Where are Alexander the Great and Cleopatra, both said by the historians of the Greek and Roman empires to have been buried in Egypt? Chris Naunton describes the quest for these and other great 'missing' tombs and those that we know must exist, but have yet to be found and presents the key moments of discovery that have yielded astonishing finds and created the archetypal image of the archaeologist poised at the threshold of a tomb left untouched for millennia"-- Provided by publisher.
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Where are the tombs of Alexander the Great or Cleopatra? Both rulers were buried in Egypt, but their tombs have never been found despite years of intensive research and excavation. Yet we have tantalizing clues. Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt describes the quest for these and other great 'missing' tombs - those we know existed, but which have not yet been identified. It also discusses key moments of discovery that have yielded astonishing finds and created the archetypal image of the archaeologist poised at the threshold of a tomb left untouched for millennia. In this gripping account, Chris Naunton explains the mysteries of the missing tombs and presents all the evidence, skilfully unravelling the tangled threads surrounding the burials of the heretic pharaoh Akhenaten and his son Tutankhamun, and the burial place of Imhotep, architect of the Step Pyramid at Saqqara, among others. Could other such tombs lie undiscovered in the Valley of the Kings? In fact, the Valley almost certainly does guard hidden treasures. Amazing finds of unsuspected tombs continue to occur there and elsewhere in Egypt, making headlines worldwide - all are covered in this book. As well as immersing the reader, step by step, in the action of the search and the thrill of discovery, the book also explores the reasons why tombs remain such a central part of both the popular perception of Egyptology and the continuing allure of ancient Egypt.


Author Notes

Dr Chris Naunton is an Egyptologist, writer and broadcaster. An expert on Egypt in the first millennium BC and the history of Egyptology, he has published extensively on both subjects, and has presented numerous related television documentaries, including Tutankhamun: The Mystery of the Burnt Mummy (2013) and King Tut's Tomb: The Hidden Chamber (2016). He worked for many years at the Egypt Exploration Society, London, acting as its Director between 2012 and 2016. In 2015 he was elected President of the International Association of Egyptologists and in 2016 he became Director of the Robert Anderson Trust, a charity that provides support for young scholars visiting London to further their studies and research.


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Booklist Review

Are there any ancient Egyptian royal tombs yet to be discovered? The question animates Naunton's presentation of various pharaohs whose sepulchers have thus far eluded archaeologists. Tutankhamun was sought for years by Howard Carter, who finally made his spectacular find in 1922. Its location in the necropolis known as the Valley of the Kings inspired a current search for the burial place of Amenhotep I, who is conjectured to have initiated valley interments. Yet there are numerous other places to look, such as the Nile Delta, where, in 1940, a French scholar found an intact tomb as amazing as Tut's and belonging to a pharaoh named Psusennes I. Other tantalizing possibilities include the cemetery called Saqqara and Amarna, the capital city built by the famous heretical pharaoh, Akhenaten, where royal burial chambers have been found but no Akhenaten mummy, yet. In Alexandria, the hunt is on for its namesake founder (the Great) and for the tomb of Cleopatra. With the lure of ancient celebrities, Naunton beckons readers to Egyptology, and with abundant photographs and chronological guidance, he masterfully succeeds.--Gilbert Taylor Copyright 2018 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Naunton, current president of the International Association of Egyptologists and author of numerous scholarly articles, is best known as the presenter of TV documentaries, including King Tut's Tomb: the Hidden Chamber. Here, he explores the search for the yet-undiscovered tombs of some of the most famous people in ancient Egyptian history, from the early Dynastic Period to the Roman era: Imhotep, Third Dynasty architect of the Step Pyramid; Amenhotep I and Nefertiti of the 18th Dynasty; Herihor, high priest of Amun in Thebes during the 21st Dynasty; Alexander the Great; and Cleopatra VII. Also highlighted are archaeologists from the 19th century to the present, whose ongoing research missions and excavations have resulted in significant discoveries. A fascinating examination of the Amarna Period royal burials is included along with a survey of the royal cemeteries of the Third Intermediate Period in the Nile Delta. Naunton succeeds in his goal to get readers "excited by the possibility that there might be such extraordinary surprises yet to come." VERDICT This unique study is recommended for anyone interested in ancient Egyptian civilization or the history of Egyptology.-Edward K. -Werner, formerly with St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., FL © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
1 Imhotep: The man who became a godp. 33
2 Visible To Invisible: Amenhotep 1 and the Valley of the Kingsp. 57
3 The Missing Amarna Royals: The enduring mysteryp. 91
4 Herihor: A tomb to 'make Tutankhamun look like Woolworths'?p. 136
5 A kingdom Divided: The royal tombs of the Third Intermediate Periodp. 165
6 Buried Three Times in Egypt: The tombs of Alexander the Greatp. 199
7 The Lost Tomb Of Cleopatra: A mausoleum lost underwater or a secret burial awaiting discovery?p. 227
Final Thoughtsp. 249
Mapp. 256
King listp. 257
Notesp. 262
Bibliographyp. 270
Acknowledgmentsp. 277
Picture creditsp. 279
Indexp. 280