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Mummies, Pyramids, Gods and Goddesses: The Secrets of Ancient Egypt

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Egypt Eternal: Tthe Quest for the Lost Tombs
by  National Geographic Details
DVD -- This National Geographic Special shows treasures from the Cliffside of Tombs to the Valley of the Golden Mummies. Enjoy what National Geographic does best: taking you to another place and time through the magic of film.
Egypt: Secrets of the Pharaohs
by  National Geographic Details
DVD -- Who built the pyramids? What were the secrets of mummification? Which treasures were selected for afterlife and why? For centuries, Egypt's pharaohs have kept these secrets to themselves . . . until now. Travel to a land of mystery and marvel as archaeologists investigate how the pyramids were actually built. Follow scientists as they recreate the ancient ritual of mummification and discover how the bodies of the pharaohs were preserved. And be there as cameras reveal the ancient underground vault that houses the mysterious ship of the Pharaoh Khufu: his magnificent vessel for eternity.
Exploring Ancient Egypt
by Ian Shaw Details
"Exploring Ancient Egypt" offers a fascinating lens in which to view the culture and lifestyle of the people of ancient Egypt, their technological achievements, their relationships with and ways of exploiting the environment, and the spiritual ideologies that motivated them.
Hidden Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Unearthing the Masterpieces of Egyptian History
by Zahi A. Hawass Details
Hawass narrates the past 150 years of excavation, from the colonial period -- when Westerners overwhelmed the ranks of those recovering the nation's treasures -- through Egypt's independence and the present era of international cooperation. A last section explains current discoveries driving the field as well as Hawass’ efforts to preserve ancient sites and increase Egyptians' knowledge of and access to their heritage.
Pyramids & Tombs of Ancient Egypt: An Illustrated Guide to the Burial Sites of a Fascinating Civilization
by Lorna Oakes Details
This fascinating and highly illustrated book offers an intriguing insight into the pyramids and tombs of Egypt.
Reflections of Osiris: Lives from Ancient Egypt
by John Ray Details
In 1473 B.C.E., Hatshesput, a rare female pharaoh flouted tradition. Immersing the reader in this theological element of ancient Egypt, Ray displays its influence not just on the god-kings but on ordinary people. By extraordinary flukes, there are surviving letters by a farmer, a temple scribe, and a temple hermit, whom Ray portrays with psychological resonance, especially aided by the latter's recording of his dreams about a friend's twin daughters.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Ancient Egypt
by Donald P. Ryan Details
Another installment in the "Complete Idiot's Guide" series, this book focuses on information essential to beginners in the study of Ancient Egypt.
The Search for Nefertiti: The True Story of an Amazing Discovery
by Joann Fletcher Details
A learned and intensely personal book, it spans Fletcher’s near-lifelong involvement with the study of Egyptian culture, from her first trip to Egypt as a teenager in 1981 to her most recent excavation in February 2003. Along the way, she provides the reader with a concise introduction to ancient Egyptian history as well as a rough guide to the shifting ideological landscape of professional Egyptology over the last 200 years.
The Spirit of Ancient Egypt
by Ana Ruiz Details
Canadian Egyptologist Ruiz's 33 short chapters deal with different aspects of ancient Egyptian life (e.g., "Dress and Jewelry," "Wigs and Cosmetics," "Festivals"). Although the range of topics is exhaustive, the detail of discussion is not. And yet this lack of deep scholarly considerations is a strength, as it permits the author's fascinating narrative to flow unimpeded. Her account of the processes of mummification, for example, is clear and accurate, without needless complication. Her retelling of creation myths, her time line of the long-ago queens and her explanation of the fundamentals of Egyptian symbolism make this an excellent resource for those who know little about the ancient nation and want to begin to learn.
What Life Was Like on the Banks of the Nile: Egypt 3050-30 BC
by  Time-Life Books Details
This book relies on hieroglyphics, charms, paintings, and even written prayers to re-create what life was like in the land of the pyramids. The chapters focus on personal accounts of specific people who have been dead for thousands of years. For example, in 2002 B.C., a farmer named Hekanakht was sent away from his family to fulfill ceremonial and administrative duties. Through his letters home, readers learn of his struggles to settle domestic squabbles and maintain his farm from afar. Accounts of pharaohs, warriors, and commoners are included.
Updated 01/13/2012
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