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Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past
National Geographic Explorer and TED Prize-winner Dr. Sarah Parcak welcomes you to the exciting new world of space archaeology, a growing field that is sparking extraordinary discoveries from ancient civilizations across the globe.In Archaeology from Space, Sarah Parcak shows the evolution, major discoveries, and future potential of the young field of satellite archaeology. From surprise advancements after the declassification of spy photography, to a new map of the mythical Egyptian city of Tanis, she shares her field’s biggest discoveries, revealing why space archaeology is not only exciting, but urgently essential to the preservation of the world’s ancient treasures.Parcak has worked in twelve countries and four continents, using multispectral and high-resolution satellite imagery to identify thousands of previously unknown settlements, roads, fortresses, palaces, tombs, and even potential pyramids. From there, her stories take us back in time and across borders, into the day-to-day lives of ancient humans whose traits and genes we share. And she shows us that if we heed the lessons of the past, we can shape a vibrant future.
Archaeology of the Bible: The Greatest Discoveries From Genesis to the Roman Era
Fully rooted in modern scholarship, this richly illustrated book provides a sweeping overview of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the past few decades, revolutionizing our understanding of ancient Israel, Egypt, and Roman Judea in the time of Jesus. Using the principal Bible stories - from Genesis to the Gospels - as his framework, best-selling author Jean-Pierre Isbouts allows us to reimagine life in biblical times while prompting new ideas about the human history of the ancient Near East. A unique source of discovery for anyone interested in the history and archaeology of the lands of the Bible, regardless of their faith tradition, this glorious book offers:• An authoritative window into all major discoveries, explaining the rise and fall of nations and empires of the time• More than 375 stunning illustrations reconstructing the history and lands of the Bible• Continuous time lines tracing the movement of people and ideas across the Near East• 38 detailed maps contextualizing the places and events of the Bible• Illustrated sidebars and period artifacts vividly highlighting daily life in the ancient Near East
Cities: The First 6,000 Years
Smith, Monica L.
A sweeping history of cities through the millennia--from Mesopotamia to Manhattan--and how they have propelled Homo sapiens to dominance.Six thousand years ago, there were no cities on the planet. Today, more than half of the world's population lives in urban areas, and that number is growing. Weaving together archeology, history, and contemporary observations, Monica Smith explains the rise of the first urban developments and their connection to our own. She takes readers on a journey through the ancient world of Tell Brak in modern-day Syria; Teotihuacan and Tenochtitlan in Mexico; her own digs in India; as well as the more well-known Pompeii, Rome, and Athens. Along the way, she presents the unique properties that made cities singularly responsible for the flowering of humankind: the development of networked infrastructure, the rise of an entrepreneurial middle class, and the culture of consumption that results in everything from take-out food to the tell-tale secrets of trash.Cities is an impassioned and learned account full of fascinating details of daily life in ancient urban centers, using archaeological perspectives to show that the aspects of cities we find most irresistible (and the most annoying) have been with us since the very beginnings of urbanism itself. She also proves the rise of cities was hardly inevitable, yet it was crucial to the eventual global dominance of our species--and that cities are here to stay.
A decade ago, French architect Jean-Pierre Houdin became obsessed by the centuries-old question: How was the Great Pyramid built? How, in a nation of farmers only recently emerged from the Stone Age, could such a massive, complex, and enduring structure have been envisioned and constructed? Laboring at his computer ten hours a day for five years - creating exquisitely detailed 3-D models of the Pyramid's interior - Houdin finally had his answer. It was a startling revelation that cast a fresh light on the minds that conceived one of the wonders of the ancient world. Written by world-renowned Egyptologist Bob Brier in collaboration with Houdin, The Secret of the Great Pyramid moves deftly between the ancient and the modern, chronicling two equally fascinating interrelated histories. It is a remarkable account of the step-by-step planning and assembling of the magnificent edifice - the brainchild of an innovative genius, the Egyptian architect Hemienu, who imagined, organized, and oversaw a monumental construction project that took more than two decades to complete and that employed the services of hundreds of architects, mathematicians, boatbuilders, stonemasons, and metallurgists. Here also is the riveting story of Jean-Pierre Houdin's single-minded search for solutions to the mysteries that have bedeviled Egyptologists for centuries, such as the purpose of the enigmatic Grand Gallery and the Pyramid's crack.
The Bible as History (Second Revised Edition)
This groundbreaking work that sheds light on the historical foundations of the bestselling book of all time - the Bible - is now back in print. Have you ever wondered about the Bible’s fascinating history or the scientific and historical studies that have been conducted to support its numerous accounts? The groundbreaking text on biblical investigation, The Bible as History, now back in print, explains scientific and archaeological breakthroughs with fascinating descriptions of excavations and analysis of ancient texts. This edition features: Remarkable evidence that confirms some of the most monumental and controversial events in the Bible, including the destruction of Sodom and Gomorra. Deciphered texts from the ancient world that offer an intriguing look back at the origin of the Ten Commandments. The extraordinary techniques used to try to prove the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin. …and more! A classic text and breathtaking journey to the heart of Holy Scripture, The Bible as History pieces together one of the most stunning spiritual puzzles in the history of mankind.
Written in Bones (2nd Edition)
Bahn, Paul (Edt)
Human remains have much to tell us about how our ancestors lived and died, what they believed, and the rituals that were important to them. In Written in Bones, a team of international forensic anthropologists and archaeologists examines important case studies of human remains found at archaeological sites around the world. Comprehensive text and color photographs describe how the remains were analyzed using modern scientific techniques and how the data were assembled to create authentic pictures of ancient cultures.
Traces of the Past
Lambert, Joseph B.
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Parish Church Treasures: The Nation's Greatest Art Collection
Our parish churches constitute a living patrimony without precise European parallel. Their cultural riches are astonishing, not only for their quality and quantity, but also their diversity and interest. Fine art and architecture here combine unpredictably with the functional, the curious and the naïve, from prehistory to the present day, to form an unsung national museum which presents its contents in an everyday setting without curators or formal displays. Because church treasures usually remain in the buildings they were created for, properly interpreted they tell from thousands of local perspectives the history of the nation, its people and their changing religious observance.John Goodall's weekly series in Country Life has celebrated particular objects in or around churches that are of outstanding artistic, social or historical importance, to underline both the intrinsic interest of parish churches and the insights that they and their contents offer into English history of every period. Parish Church Treasures incorporates and significantly expands this material to tell afresh the remarkable history of the parish church. It celebrates the special character of churches as places to visit whilst providing an authoritative and up-to-date history at a time when the use and upkeep of these buildings and the care of their contents is highly contentious.
The Link: Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor
For more than a century, scientists have raced to unravel the human family tree and have grappled with its complications. Now, with an astonishing new discovery, everything we thought we knew about primate origins could change. Lying inside a high-security vault, deep within the heart of one of the world's leading natural history museums, is the scientific find of a lifetime - a perfectly fossilized early primate, older than the previously most famous primate fossil, Lucy, by forty-four million years.
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