the valley of the golden mummies
The astonishing discovery of the Valley of the Golden Mummies in Bahariya Oasis, deep in the Western Desert of Egypt, is considered perhaps the most spectacular Egyptian archeological discovery since that of Tutankhamun's tomb. This vast site was uncovered by accident, when a donkey stumbled into the opening of one of the many underground tombs of a 2,000-year-old cemetery believed to cover approximately two square miles. Never before have so many mummies been discovered at a single site: multi-chambered tombs dating from the Roman period in Egypt held rows of mummies, many adorned with gilded masks and painted cases, others wrapped in linen. Whole families were found placed together. Jewelry, pottery, amulets, and other artifacts were also uncovered, and it is estimated that as many as 10,000 mummies may ultimately be uncovered from the site, which has escaped plunderers and is thus remarkably intact. Featuring some 250 color illustrations, most of which have never before been published, this exciting book reveals the lives, customs, and religious beliefs of this until now little-known community. It will both fascinate and enthrall all those with an interest in the ancient history of Egypt.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
THE DISCOVERY A
Other editions - View all
Abdul Maugoud afterlife Ahmose Ahmose II Amenhotep Huy amulets Amun ancient Egypt ancient Egyptian Antiquities Inspector Anubis archaeological archaeologists artifacts Bahanya Bahariya Museum Bahariya Oasis Bannantiu Bawiti believe body burial chamber buried Cairo canopic jars cartonnage carved cemetery century A.D. chapels chest plate conservation decorated deities depicted desert discovery donkey Duamutef Egypt embalming entrance excavation faience Fakhry funerary gilded Giza goddess gods Golden Mummies grapes Greco-Roman Period Greek Haiz Hathor head Hercules images inscribed inscriptions Isis Khonsu king live Maat mask monuments mud-brick Nephtys Nile Valley oases Old Kingdom Osiris painted Ped-Ashtar pharaoh priest protect the deceased Ptolemaic Pyramid Ramses Ramses II Roman Period rulers sand sandstone Saqqara scenes Siwa Oasis sons of Horus statue stelae stone style sun disk Temple of Alexander Thutmose III Tomb 54 Tuna el-Gebel Tutankhamun Twenty-sixth Dynasty Twenty-sixth Dynasty tomb uncovered underworld wall wine factory worship Zed-Amun-efankh