Egypt: How a Lost Civilization was Rediscovered

2005 Egypt: How a Lost Civilization was Rediscovered BBC Publications, 2005.

For nearly two thousand years after the last pharaoh ruled Egypt the wonders of this ancient culture remained hidden, seemingly lost and forgotten for ever. Then, in the late eighteenth century, Napoleon’s invasion sparked an explosion of interest in ancient Egypt that has burned strongly ever since. This obsession with anything and everything Egyptian has inspired many to dedicate their lives to the search for treasures in Egypt’s desert sands.


The relatively new science of Egyptology has been blessed with more than its fair share of intriguing characters, some of whom, by virtue of their larger-than-life personalities, curious habits or spectacular finds, have come to dominate the story of the rediscovery of ancient Egypt. Their work is discussed in this book, which is written to accompany the BBC series of the same name.

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