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Lost Tomb: The Most Extraordinary Archaeological Discovery of Our Time - The Burial Site of the Sons of Rameses II [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Kent Weeks
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15. Juli 1999
Tomb 5 - the tomb surrounding that of Tutankhamen - had been looted, explored and discounted decades ago. So convinced were the authorities that nothing more was to be found in this area that plans were going ahead to build a carpark. In one final exploration of what had become a dumping ground for previous excavator's debris, Dr Kent Weeks, an American archaeologist, discovered a multiple corridored tomb of 62 chambers. They had stumbled upon a crypt fit for 50 princes - the sons of Rameses II - which had remained undisturbed for 2,000 years. It is known now as KV 5 - the greatest archaeological discovery for 75 years and the biggest and most complex tomb ever found in Egypt. Kent Weeks has written the book himself using his daily journals. The journal method heightens the drama; the author had no idea that he was on the verge of such a major find.

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  • Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
  • Verlag: Phoenix; Auflage: New Ed (15. Juli 1999)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0753806819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753806814
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,6 x 12,8 x 3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (16 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.221.456 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Working for the American university in Cairo in 1988, Kent Weeks embarked on an archeological dig into KV5, the sparsely explored fifth tomb in the Valley of the Kings, burial ground of Egypt's major Pharaohs. In 1995, he discovered the T-shaped burial complex of Ramses II's 50 sons--arguably the most significant discovery since Howard Carter unearthed King Tut's tomb in 1922. Weeks's account of this historic event is filled with a sense of awe and wonder. "[I]n my imagination," he writes, recalling a vision of the statue of Osiris, god of the afterlife, "I could see the ancient funerals that took place three thousand years ago. I could hear ancient priests chanting prayers and shaking tambourines ... I could smell incense and feel priestly robes brush my arm as the funeral procession moved slowly past. For an instant I felt transported back in time: it was 1275 BCE and this was ancient Thebes."

Weeks also points out what his discovery may tell us about the powerful, redhaired pharoah who ruled ancient Egypt for 67 years (1279-1212 BC), including the possibility that he was the pharaoh of Exodus. He elaborates upon his profession's risks, from excavations in narrow, debris-filled and claustraphobic surroundings to working under the gunfire of terrorist attacks. And he reminds us that his discovery by no means brings Egyptology to a conclusion: "Every generation of Egyptologists asks different questions of its data and data are a finite resource. We will leave parts of KV5 undug so that archeologists of the future, armed with new questions and new excavation techniques, can seek new answers to old questions and to others we haven't even dreamed of." --Eugene Holley Jr. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Tomb 5 - the tomb surrounding that of Tutankhamen - had been looted, explored and discounted decades ago. So convinced were the authorities that nothing more was to be found in this area that plans were going ahead to build a carpark. In one final exploration of what had become a dumping ground for previous excavator's debris, Dr Kent Weeks, an American archaeologist, discovered a multiple corridored tomb of 62 chambers. They had stumbled upon a crypt fit for 50 princes - the sons of Rameses II - which had remained undisturbed for 2,000 years. It is known now as KV 5 - the greatest archaeological discovery for 75 years and the biggest and most complex tomb ever found in Egypt. Kent Weeks has written the book himself using his daily journals. The journal method heightens the drama; the author had no idea that he was on the verge of such a major find.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Mapping ancient Egypt... 1. November 2002
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Ancient Egypt through the eyes of someone, who loves what he is doing. And it shows in his writing. He tells us, what the Theban Mapping Project is and how it came to exist. It eventually leads him to discover KV5, one of the most recent and most talked about discoveries in the Valley of the Kings. Great read, very exciting, you feel as if you are digging that tomb together with Kent Weeks and his team. And he throws in some new theories of his own on what it could all mean. Very readable, not just a dry recount of events and it wants you to read more about it all. It also gives you a nice look into the Upper Egypt of today and its people.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Extremely enjoyable! 20. November 1999
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I loved reading this book and found it well written. I'm not expert on the subject, but I felt this was a great book. And he seems very well qualified to have written on this subject!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen erratum? 20. Juli 1999
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On page 229; "Amunhotep IV changed his own name to Akhenaton, "Agreeable to the Aten"" which is inconsistent with page 233; "Akhenaton, "Agreeable to Aton"".
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting for the non professional 7. Juli 1999
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I found the book very interesting for those who - like myeself - are interested in Egypt only as a general subject. I think other readers'criticisms about this book are unfair if you are aware that it is not meant to be a professional survey of the exploration of the tomb.
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Upon receiving this book as a Christmas gift, I was elated beyond description. Granted, it took me a while to finish the book (I'll admit, the jumps from one topic to another are prevalent) but upon it's completion, I was ever the more so inclined to work my butt off to earn my education money to study the shared passion of Dr. Weeks and myself - Egyptology. This book is a must read for anyone even remotely interested in the anthropological field. Dr. Weeks does not write under the false pretense that his book is meant to be a source of technological procedures used in archaeological digs. He comes right out and says that if you want to read HOW to dig, this book isn't going to teach you. For a book taken from journals/diaries and personal experiences, it is simply amazing. The historical information provided is wonderfully unpatronizing. Dr. Weeks does not assume the reader knows nothing of anthropology, and yet it is understandable, not overly pretentious of his achievements in his chosen field. I highly reccommend this book to anyone going into anthro/archaeology, as well as to those who just have a general interest in the topic.
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Having just completed Dr. Weeks work, The Lost Tomb, I was impressed by his level of detail, research and overall comprehensive effort on the subject of KV-5. Dr. Weeks provides a thorough summary of the history of archaeology during the period prior to, and during the discovery of the Tomb. He provided ample background text that serves to engage the reader into the history and mystery of ancient Egypt. As a talented archaeologist, he further provides a first hand depiction of the effort and expertize required to thoroughly excavate an archaeological treasure of this potential magnitude. My wife and I are planning a trip to the Valley of the Kings and will certainly look forward to perhaps observing Dr. Weeks and his team as they continue their efforts.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good reading for "faux" egyptologist!!! 20. Juni 1999
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I liked this book. Kent Weeks makes his KV5 experience personal and includes the reader throughout "Lost Tomb". I like the fact that he explains the back ground of various events and problems he comes across while trying to map out Thebes. I would recommend this book to people like me . . . people who have never been to Egypt, but who hope to go one day; people who have read alot of books by archeologists and egyptologists but have no formal education on the subject; and finally, people who like to read good books. Good job, Mr. Weeks. I look forward to reading your next book.
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Ignore the nit-picking criticisms of some of the other attached reviews by would-be egyptologists; Weeks' discovery and subsequent investigation of a significant unexplored section of a tomb dismissed by the "professional" community has provoked much jealous, petty sniping. The facts are that his credentials are well established, as any read of the book will show, and his team's persistence uncovered what may yet turn out to be one of the most extensive sites in the Valley. Furthermore, he deserves additional praise for potentially saving an incredible location that was actively endangered by encroaching twentieth century activity, as anyone who actually has the interests of the science at heart would attest. If you are at all interested in the subject, his account is engaging and readable; the excitement of the discovery is well captured and conveyed to the reader. Furthermore, his commentary on the people and culture of modern Egypt is well worth reading, illustrating how politics and archaeology are unfortunately sometimes inseparable and how a true professional in the field must understand both to be effective. Do not let wanna-be armchair quarterbacks dissuade you from enjoying this book; I for one look forward to additional documentation of the other areas of the complex, as they are opened, and trust that Weeks will be working and contributing to the field for years to come.
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