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The Lost City of the Exodus: The Archaeological Evidence Behind the Journey Out of Egypt
The Lost City of the Exodus
The Archaeological Evidence Behind the Journey Out of Egypt
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1591431891

Recent archaeological findings confirm Osman's 25-year-old discovery of the location of the city of the Exodus

- Explains why modern scholars have been unable to find the city of the Exodus: they are looking in the wrong historical period and thus the wrong region of Egypt

- Details the author's extensive research on Hebrew scriptures and ancient Egyptian texts and records, which allowed him to pinpoint the Exodus site

- Reveals his effort to have his finding confirmed by the Egyptian government, including his debates with Zahi Hawass, Egyptian Minister for Antiquities Affairs

When the first archaeologists visited Egypt in the late 1800s, they arrived in the eastern Nile Delta to verify the events described in the biblical Book of Exodus. Several locations believed to be the city of the Exodus were found but all were later rejected for lack of evidence. This led many scholars to dismiss the Exodus narrative merely as a myth that borrowed from accounts of the Hyksos expulsion from Egypt. But as Ahmed Osman shows, the events of Exodus have a historical basis and the ruins of the ancient city of Zarw, where the Road to Canaan began, have been found.

Drawing on decades of research as well as recent archaeological findings in Egypt, Ahmed Osman reveals the exact location of the lost city of the Exodus as well as his 25-year effort to have this finding confirmed by the Egyptian government, including his heated debates with Zahi Hawass, former Egyptian Minister for Antiquities Affairs. He explains why modern scholars have been unable to find the city of the Exodus: they are looking in the wrong historical period and thus the wrong region of Egypt. He details his extensive research on the Pentateuch of the Hebrew scriptures, the historical scenes recorded in the great hall of Karnak, and other ancient source texts, which allowed him to pinpoint the Exodus site after he discovered that the Exodus happened not during the pharaonic reign of Ramses II but during that of his grandfather Ramses I.

Osman concluded that the biblical city of the Exodus was to be found at Tell Heboua at the ruins of the fortified city of Zarw, the royal city of Ramses I--far from the Exodus locations theorized by previous archaeologists and scholars. In 2012, after 20 years of archaeological work, the location of Zarw was confirmed by Egyptian officials exactly where Osman said it would be 25 years ago. Thus, Osman shows that, time and again, if we take the creators of the source texts at their word, they will prove to be right.
Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
Paperback      ISBN: 0452297982
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING TRAVEL MEMOIR

What happens when an unadventurous adventure writer tries to re-create the original expedition to Machu Picchu?

In 1911, Hiram Bingham III climbed into the Andes Mountains of Peru and "discovered" Machu Picchu. While history has recast Bingham as a villain who stole both priceless artifacts and credit for finding the great archeological site, Mark Adams set out to retrace the explorer's perilous path in search of the truth--except he'd written about adventure far more than he'd actually lived it. In fact, he'd never even slept in a tent.

Turn Right at Machu Picchu is Adams' fascinating and funny account of his journey through some of the world's most majestic, historic, and remote landscapes guided only by a hard-as-nails Australian survivalist and one nagging question: Just what was Machu Picchu?
Empires of the Plain: Henry Rawlinson a
Empires of the Plain
Henry Rawlinson a
Hardcover      ISBN: 0007128991

At Behistun, in the Zagros mountains of what is now western Iran, rises a vertical cliff face covered with a huge cuneiform inscription set up in 520 BC to record the exploits of the Persian king Darius the Great. In 1835, Henry Creswicke Rawlinson began the perilous task of recording this inscription, sometimes from a ladder propped up on a narrow ledge, sometimes lowered down the cliff on a rope, but mainly clinging precariously to the rock face itself. Every minute he was in danger of a fatal fall - the work took 12 years to complete. The decipherment of cuneiform was one of the last great linguistic challenges, though only one pinnacle in the life of a remarkable man, a soldier, adventurer and scholar who was onetime political agent at Kandahar in Afghanistan where he had been beseiged for two years by local tribesman, and who went on to become consul-general and later a director of the East India Company.

The Complete World of the Dead Sea Scrolls
The Complete World of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Hardcover      ISBN: 0500051119

With all the scrolls now available in translation, conclusions can be drawn as to the authorship and origins, their implications for Christianity and Judaism, and their link with the ancient site of Qumran. This book, written by three noted scholars in the field, draws together all the evidence to present a fully illustrated survey of every major manuscript.

With numerous factfiles, reconstructions, scroll photographs, and a wealth of other illustrations, it is the most comprehensive and accessible account available on the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Rubbish!: The Archaeology of Garbage
Rubbish!
The Archaeology of Garbage
Paperback      ISBN: 0060922281
Written in Bones: How Human Remains Unlock the Secrets of the Dead
Written in Bones
How Human Remains Unlock the Secrets of the Dead
Paperback      ISBN: 1554079926

Very comprehensive... an informative and fun read.
-- Canadian Society of Forensic Science

An excellent survey of the postmortem identification and interpretation of human remains.
-- Science Books and Films

Human remains have much to tell us about how our ancestors lived and died, what they believed, and the rituals that were important to them. In Written in Bones, a team of international forensic anthropologists and archaeologists examines important case studies of human remains found at archeological sites around the world. Comprehensive text and color photographs describe how the remains were analyzed using modern scientific techniques and how the data were assembled to create authentic pictures of ancient cultures.

The book is organized in five chapters: A Way of Life, Natural Deaths, Deliberate Deaths, Burials, and Mummies and Mummification.

Some of the astonishing discoveries covered are:

  • A Han Dynasty aristocrat preserved in an unknown red liquid
  • Bog bodies in Europe
  • The riddle of Tomb KV55, where a male body was found inside a female coffin
  • The headless men and giant wolves of a Mesolithic cemetery in Siberia

The seven new cases in this revised edition include:

  • The Silk Road Mummies
  • Early European Farmers
  • Mummies and Modern Medicine
  • Infant Deaths in a Roman brothel

Called "grisly, gross and utterly compelling," Written in Bones is used as a text in archaeology and anthropology courses around the world. It is sure to find an audience among a wide variety of readers.

The Lost Shipwreck of Paul
The Lost Shipwreck of Paul
Hardcover      ISBN: 0971410038

This bibically historic book takes a look at documented specific find of all four, thirteen foot Alexandrian Roman Anchors discussed in Acts 27:29 of the Holy Bible.

Dress Access of the 1st Millennium AD from Egypt: Proceedings of the 6th Converence of the Research Group 'textiles from the Nile Valley' Antwerp, 2-3 October 2009
Dress Access of the 1st Millennium AD from Egypt
Proceedings of the 6th Converence of the Research Group 'textiles from the Nile Valley' Antwerp, 2-3 October 2009
Hardcover      ISBN: 9020999362

An overview of the current knowledge on textiles in the 1st Millennium in the Nile delta.

 

The Message of the Sphinx: A Quest for the Hidden Legacy of Mankind
The Message of the Sphinx
A Quest for the Hidden Legacy of Mankind
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0517888521
NATIONAL BESTSELLER - Two Egypt experts posit a revolutionary theory: The Sphinx and other great Egyptian monuments are older than common history books tell us and are arranged in such a way as to send us a message from the silent past.

Guardian of the ancient mysteries, the keeper of secrets . . . For thousands of years the Great Sphinx of Egypt has gazed toward the east, its eyes focused on eternity, reading a message in the stars that mankind has long forgotten. And today as our civilization stands poised at the end of a great cycle, it is a message that beckons insistently to be understood.

All the clues are in place. Geology and archeo-astronomy have already indicated that the lion-bodied Sphinx may be vastly older than Egyptologists currently believe, dating not from 2500 B.C., but from 10,500 B.C.--the beginning of the astrological Age of Leo. And we now know that the three pyramids of Giza, standing on high ground half a mile to the west of the Sphinx, are in fact a precise map of the three stars of Orion's belt, formed in fifteen million tons of solid stone.

Are these monuments trying to tell us something? And, if so, what?

In The Message of the Sphinx, Robert Bauval and Graham Hancock present a tour de force of historical and scientific detective work that unravels the millennial code embodied in these structures. Using sophisticated computer simulations of ancient skies, they unravel the riddle of the Sphinx, and they present a startling new theory concerning the enigmatic Pyramid Texts and other archaic Egyptian scriptures.

Their discoveries lead the authors to this question: Does mankind have a rendezvous with destiny--a rendezvous not in the future, but in the distant past, at a precise place and time?

The secrets can be kept no longer. The Message of the Sphinx brings them to light.
Rubbish!: The Archaeology of Garbage
Rubbish!
The Archaeology of Garbage
Hardcover      ISBN: 0060166037

A witty and erudite investigation of the geography, history, composition, mythology, demographics, and widespread misperception of garbage--and the odd behavior of those who have made garbage what it is today.