The Curse of the Pharaohs: My Adventures with Mummies Library Binding – May 1, 2004
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Honestly I have always been intrigued by Archeology, History, etc... I have been watching all the documentaries by Dr. Zahii Hawass for years. When I received this book and opened it to the first page I had tingly feelings all through me and I read it all at once. Dr. Zahii Hawass is too cool! Just to think thousands of years ago and we are able to see and understand through others dedication and difficult work. I just wish people would leave ancient artifacts and buildings alone and leave them to the professionals. I wish I was able to read Cartophogrophy, Hieroglyphics.
How do we know where we are going if we do not know where we have been?
This book starts out with and introduction about Zahi Hawass and some of the sites he has worked on including the tombs of the pyramid builders. He then goes into talking about Tutankhamun and how the rumors of a curse began. He then describes some of the information known about ancient grave robbers as well as his own experiences with the curse.
The Appendix in this book is amazing. It has 5 parts:
*Tips for becoming and Archaeologist - This is a good guide for children who dream of following in Dr. Hawass's footsteps.
*Tracing Egypt's glorious past--One of the best brief Chronologys of the periods and kingdoms of Ancent Egypt.
*How mummies were made--this was one of the few spots that was a bit dry.
*Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt--While this section is not compleate (there were I think thousands of different Gods and Goddesses) it does provide a brief description on 17 of the major ones.
*Glossary--Basic glossary of terms used in the book.