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The Lost Tomb Hardcover – 12 Oct 1998

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  • Hardcover: 330 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (12 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068815087X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688150877
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,533,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The greatest discovery at the Valley of the Kings since Tutankhamen - by the Egyptologist who made the find. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Kent Weeks is Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo and Director of the Theban Mapping Project. He has written numerous books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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This book is written by a man who clearly knows his Egyptology. He writes with a true passion for his work and this passion easily spills out of the covers and into the reader. The book starts with an almost autobiographical feel to the life and work of Dr.Weeks but moves swiftly to the beginning of his work in Eygpt. It is here that he begins his seemingly endless task of mapping the entire area of the Theban Necropolis - the Valley of the Kings. Whilst carrying out this task it transpires that several of the tombs, discovered and opened either in ancient times or in the last couple of hundred years, are now 'missing'. This book tells the story of the 're-discovery' of one of them; what turns out to be the largest and most unusual of all tombs in Eygpt; KV5.
I found the book a compelling read and thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in history as a whole.
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This book is an excellent read, providing a fascinating insight into the excavation of the largest tomb in the Valley of the Kings. It helps you both understand the significance of the tomb itself but also the thoughts and feelings of those working in it. The narrative is a bit plodding at times, which is why I have not given it full marks. This is to be expected really as the author is an archaeologist and so presumably is used to documenting in fine detail, rather than for "entertainment value". However, this does not detract hugely from the book as a whole.
The discoveries documented are a fascinating development in the archaeology of Egypt as a whole, and it is arguably the most important discovery since Tutankhamun. They may be of particular interest to those with an interest in Rameses II as the tomb is that of his sons. The book is also particularly interesting if you are interested in how the process of an excavation works, both the problems faced and the triumphs. Well worth a read.
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This is the way all books about Egypt should be written. If they are intended for the General public and experts on the subject. He explains not only why the tombs were "Lost" but how they were found again. The interelation between other tombs and the great confusion that KV5 has caused. This is the reason that Tutankhamun is not the only important tomb to be seen - maybe one day KV5 will be open for everone to see. That will be the day that Tutankhamuns tomb will become second place in the Valley of the Kings
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