It's been almost three decades since the first traveling exhibition of Tutankhamun's treasures drew nearly 10 million viewers and sparked worldwide ''Tut-mania.'' Now, celebrating this priceless collection's 2005 tour of Europe and the United States, National Geographic presents a jewel-like little book featuring more than 30 of its finest pieces. The Souvenir Book gazes back across the millenia to show us the astonishing splendor of a great civilization at its pinnacle.
Based on the official catalog, captured in lavish detail and magnificent color, here are objects from 18th Dynasty pharaohs including Tutankhamun, whose tomb yielded the richest trove of all. These superbly crafted artifacts offer vivid insight into the skill, artistry, and astonishing sophistication of Egyptian culture's golden age. Intricate jewelry glitters with precious gems, stylized statues summon ancient gods, lifelike busts bring long-dead kings and queens back to life, while vivid paintings and bas-relief panels depict both great events and everyday scenes.
Zahi Hawass contributes a concise history of Tutankhamun's world. The book also examines new research that provides unprecedented information about the boy king's life, his exact age, and the mystery of his death, highlighted by a unique forensic reconstruction that uses state-of-the-art CT-scan data to recreate Tut's face.
64 pages, 50 full-color photographs, map, and timeline
Archaeologist Zahi Hawass is Egypt's Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and director for the Giza Pyramids. He is credited with major discoveries, such as the unusual double statue of Ramses II at Giza and the tombs of the Giza pyramid builders. His findings have contributed significantly to our knowledge of how the Pyramids were built.
In 1999 Hawass led an excavation and preservation project at Egypt's Bahariya Oasis that discovered more than 200 Greco-Roman mummies, many of them lavishly gilded. In addition, Hawass directed the conservation of the Sphinx at Giza and spearheaded the exploration of a shaft in the Great Pyramid of Giza using a robot.
Born in Dumyt, Egypt, Hawass studied archaeology in both Egypt and the United States and received a Fulbright scholarship in 1980. In 1987 he earned his Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Pennsylvania. Since 1988 he has taught Egyptian archaeology, history, and culture, most recently at Cairo University, the American University in Cairo, and the University of California at Los Angeles.
In 2000 Hawass received the Distinguished Scholar award from the Association of Egyptian American Scholars and was one of 30 international figures to receive the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement.