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RESOURCES

Aldred, Cyril, Third edition revised and updated
by Aidan Dodson. The Egyptians (New York:
Thames & Hudson Ltd., 1998)
This classic text, newly revised and updated, describes
all aspects of ancient Egypt in a scholarly
but very clear and readable style.
Brier, Bob, and Hoyt Hobbs. Daily Life of the
Ancient Egyptians (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood
Press, 1999)
A vivid portrait of daily life in Egypt from 3000
to 30 B.C.E., reconstructed using hieroglyphic inscriptions
and ancient painted scenes.
Clayton, Peter A. Chronicle of the Pharoahs
(New York: Thames & Hudson Ltd., 1994)
This reign-by-reign outline of the dynasties and
kings of Egypt includes many fascinating biographical
details, family information, portraits of all
the major kings, and lots of great mummy photos.
David, Rosalie. Handbook to Life in Ancient
Egypt, Revised edition (New York: Facts On
File, 2003)
A wealth of facts, stories, and data on every aspect
of Egyptian life and history. This is the ideal
first book to read about ancient Egypt.
Jackson, Kevin and Jonathan Stamp. Building
the Great Pyramid (Richmond Hill, Ontario:
Firefly Books, 2003)
The authors document an actual recreation, using
period tools and materials, of the techniques used
in laying out and constructing the Great Pyramid.
There are excellent descriptions of mummification
and funerary rituals. The authors take readers
on a brief tour of the history of Egyptology,
and bring them up to date with a clear-headed
discussion of 19th-century as well as modern newage
“pyramidologists” (and “pyramidiots”).
Macauley, David. Motel of the Mysteries (Boston:
Houghton Mifflin Company/Walter Lorraine
Books, 1979)
A cautionary (and very funny) look at the dangers
of too much over-interpretation of ancient
artifacts. Reading Macauley will make you a much
better (and more skeptical) Egyptologist.
Macauley, David. Pyramid (Boston: Houghton
Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books, 1982)
You will not find a better introduction to the Great
Pyramid. After studying this book, you could probably
build one yourself. Marvelous illustrations.
Shaw, Ian. The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt
(New York: Oxford University Press, 2000)
This book may have more than the casual reader
wants to know about the history of ancient Egypt.
It is well-organized and extremely complete. The
index is superb.
Silverman, David P., general editor. Ancient
Egypt (New York: Oxford University Press,
2003)
Chapters written by experts in various fields of
Egyptology cover many aspects of ancient Egyptian
life, culture, and philosophy. There is not much
information about political history, but unusually
good coverage of religion.
Vercoutter, Jean. The Search for Ancient Egypt
(New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1992)
This handbook is a fascinating tour of the rediscovery
of ancient Egypt, and the deciphering of
hieroglyphics, in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Excerpts from original source documents
and actual reports, drawings, and paintings by
early explorers bring the history of Egyptian archaeology,
with all its glory, disasters, mistakes,
and occasionally horrifying incidents, vividly alive.

RESOURCES:Web Sites



Akhet Egyptology: The Horizon to the Past
www.akhet.co.uk
This is a great site for basic information for novice
Egyptologists, with lots of images. It includes the
“clickable mummy.”
Ancient Egypt
www.ancientegypt.co.uk
This well-designed resource comes from The British
Museum. It has timelines, explorations, history,
geography—and a clever opening animation.
Animal Mummies
www.animalmummies.com
More mummies: mummified pets, sacred animals,
votive offering mummies, and victual mummies
(mummified food) in ancient Egypt.
The Egypt Archive
www.egyptarchive.co.uk/
A fascinating collection of ancient Egyptian images,
including photos, maps, engravings from
rare books, drawings, and historical documents.
Egyptology Resources
www.newton.cam.ac.uk/egypt/
This is a superb collection of links to reliable
Egyptology resources on the web, put together by
Egyptologist Nigel Strudwick.
Guardian’s Egypt
www.guardians.net/egypt
This constantly-updated site includes a “cyber
journey to Egypt.” Go inside the pyramids. Learn
about King Tut. Join an ongoing discussion group.
Hieroglyphics
www.17webplace.com/translit/tranparser.htm
www.iut.univ-paris8.fr/~rosmord/nomhiero.html
At these sites, you can convert your name, or any
text, into hieroglyphics.
Life in Ancient Egypt
www.carnegiemuseums.org/cmnh/exhibits/egypt/
This is an introduction to The Walton Hall of Ancient
Egypt at the Carnegie Museum of Natural
History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Mark Millmore’s Ancient Egypt
www.discoveringegypt.com
This great general introductory site is a good place
to start an exploration of ancient Egypt. Learn
about kings and queens, pyramids and temples,
even get an ancient Egypt screen saver.
The Plateau
www.guardians.net/hawass/
The official web site of Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary
General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities
and Director of the Giza Pyramids excavations.
This site is authoritative and always up to date.
The Theban Mapping Project
www.thebanmappingproject.com/
The official site of the Theban Mapping Project
(TMP), based at the American University in Cairo.
The TMP is an effort to prepare a comprehensive
archaeological database of Thebes, site of thousands
of important tombs and temples.
The Tomb of Senneferi
www.newton.cam.ac.uk/egypt/tt99/
This site documents archaeologist Nigel Strudwick’s
ongoing dig at the tomb of Senneferi (Theban
Tomb 99). His “dig diaries” are a fascinating
look at the day-to-day work of archaeology.
The Upuaut Project:
A Report by Rudolf Gantenbrink
www.cheops.org
This web site contains the complete scientific report
about the robot probes that first investigated
the “air shafts” inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu.

 

 

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