Buy Used
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: UK standard delivery for all items (excluding Fulfilled by Amazon) is 3-12 working days. We now ship international. (Please be aware that all deliveries are made by third party carriers and dates shown are estimations based on their delivery schedules. By placing a bid or offer you automatically accept the terms of this delivery). Please note that we do not process orders on the weekend or on national holidays.
Trade in your item
Get a £0.34
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Complete Pyramids Hardcover – 20 Oct 1997

12 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
£42.26 £1.50

Trade In this Item for up to £0.34
Trade in The Complete Pyramids for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £0.34, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1st Edition edition (20 Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500050848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500050842
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 20.1 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • See Complete Table of Contents

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description


'Excellent ... absolutely ideal for anyone new to the subject or who wants to learn more about them'
--Ancient Egypt --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Mark Lehner is a Research Associate at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and at the Harvard Semitic Museum. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See all 12 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

73 of 75 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
Whether your interest in the pyramids is historical, archaeological or esoteric, this has to be the best book available. It's very well written by an author who really knows his subject, and it systematically covers all the pyramid monuments of Egypt. Although the text is scholarly it's also very readable, and each pyramid is covered in a separate section so it's easy to look up a particular pyramid or dip into the book at random. Most importantly, however, it is fabulously illustrated, not just with superb colour photographs but with diagrams and computer reconstructions. For every pyramid there is a map showing its location, and detailed plans and cross sections showing the complete structure and substructure with all the tunnels, shafts and chambers. The book manages to strike a perfect balance between presenting factual detail and stimulating your imagination, and is the next best thing to an actual visit to Egypt. I really can't recommend it highly enough.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Bowles VINE VOICE on 8 Feb. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This has got to be one of the reference books you have in your rucksack when you visit any of the pyramids. I would actually rate this book as “best value” for the wide spectrum of information, photographs and diagrams at your disposal. If you are on a budget or need a starter book this is the one to go for; read it and move on from there.
Mark Lehner has hit the right spot with me with this cracking all round winner. I particularly like the format of “The Complete…” series such as Complete Valley of the Kings and The Complete Tutankhamum because the sections are almost stand alone and allow you to drop in and out at your leisure. This one really is a stormer with approximately 550 illustrations with about 80 in colour.
Mark Lehner was a proponent of alternative theories and was inspired by the sleeping prophet Edgar Cayce. However, Mark found out that linking Atlantis to the Pyramids did not stand up to scientific scrutiny but continued his work with a new found scientific method and joined the ranks of mainstream Egyptologists. The rest is history because this book is written by an accepted academic but readable. I would strongly recommend this book for any readers who enjoy alternative theories regarding the pyramids. You can use this book to form a baseline of generally established facts before accepting the latest interpretation without a point of reference. At the end of the day you are still the judge but at least you have compared it work that has generally undergone peer review.
There book has five main sections: Introduction, Tomb and Temple, Explorers and Scientists, The Whole Pyramid Catalogue and The Living Pyramid.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. M. Chadwick on 6 Mar. 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have been to Egypt, the first time was in 1993, and I made my mind up that I'd like to study Egyptology.

Although in my second year of studying Egyptology, during my first year this was one of the books I used to widen my knowledge about all the pyramids in Ancient Egypt, it wasn't a study book but I was glad to find it.:-)

It's an excellent book for discovering the pyramids and has some fantastic photographs. It's brings you up to date with the latest discoveries through using modern technology. It's packed with lots of information and covers all the known pyramids up to the time of printing of the book. It's defiantly worth the money.

Whether you are studying Egyptology, going away to Egypt for a holiday or just enjoy reading about the Egyptian history it's a fantastic book to give you an insight to what the pyramids were used for and how they functioned.

It makes an excellent edition to my little Egyptian library, which now stands at nearly 1000 books on this subject. :-)
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Jan. 2008
Format: Hardcover
The author Mark Lehner has written or contributed to a number of historical books, several of them on Egyptian history and this I think is the best of them all. The pyramids were one of the seven wonders of the world and still are one of the world's wonders, although far removed from the glorious sight that they must have been in ancient times.

It is probably true to say that more has been written about the pyramids than any other man made structure on earth and that includes the Great Wall of China and our own Stonehenge. Much of what has been written about the pyramids has been conjecture and to put it kindly stretching the truth to make a good story. The author himself is no stranger to putting forward theories of his own regarding the pyramids and it is up to the reader's how much credence they place in these and other theories. What we do know is that the pyramids were built to precise measurements, so accurate in fact that even today with all the modern building equipment at our disposal we would struggle to emulate the ancient builders. They were also aligned in a particular direction and calculations of where exactly the stars appeared in the Egyptian night sky at the time of their construction, could suggest that at least one of their uses was astronomical

This book quite rightly concentrates on the main Egyptian pyramids and the sphinx and covers all the latest data formulated by today's archaeologists and scientists. This includes how the pyramids were thought to have been built, a Herculean task in itself. Also there are exciting computer generated images of the inside of the pyramids, in fact just about every question you could ask is answered for you in this superb book, even down to a guide for visiting the pyramids themselves.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews