The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World: The Great Monuments and how They Were Built

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Thames & Hudson, 1999 - Architecture - 304 pages
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"The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World expands on the traditional Seven Wonders to incorporate an impressive number of marvels from around the globe, spanning the centuries from the first standing stones of the fifth millennium BC to the Great Temple of the Aztecs in the sixteenth century AD. The shaping of the Great Sphinx at Giza, the raising of the stones at Stonehenge, The laying out of the Nazca Lines on the face of the Peruvian desert, and the construction of the Great Wall of China are all described and explained by an international team of experts in the light of the most recent archaeological research. Packed with factfiles, diagrams, photographs and specially commissioned perspective views, this is a testament to the skill of the ancient architects and engineers which continue to impress successive generations down the ages"--publiser website.

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About the author (1999)

Chris Scarre is Professor of Archaeology at Durham University. He is a specialist in European prehistory with a related interest in the ancient Near East and the Classical world of Greece and Rome. He was editor and principal author of Past Worlds: The Times Atlas of Archaeology (1995); more recently he co-authored Ancient Civilizations (with Brian Fagan, 3rd ed., 2007). He has directed and co-directed excavations at prehistoric sites in France, Portugal, and the Channel Islands, most recently exploring the prehistoric monuments of Herm (Guernsey). His current research interests include the study of archaeoacoustics and the color, origin, and symbolic significance of materials in the Neolithic monuments of Western Europe.

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