The Search for Ancient Egypt


One of the most compelling tales in archaeology – the search and discovery of ancient Egypt – brought to life in this illustrated history


ISBN: 9780500300138 Category:

Jean Vercoutter, Ruth Sharman


Buried treasure, looting, intrigue and dedicated scholarship; ‘wonderful things’ gleaming in the darkness; the cache of royal mummies; and, most wonderful of all, the tomb of Tutankhamun.

This is the complete story of the rediscovery of ancient Egypt, a tale of extraordinary characters: Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon, who braved the ‘pharaoh’s curse’; Belzoni, ‘the Patagonian Samson’; Champollion, who unlocked the secrets of the hieroglyphs – and a tale of spectacular rescue, with modern technology mobilized to save Egypt’s monuments from flood waters and the ravages of time.

Additional information

Weight 315 g
Dimensions 12.5 x 18 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 July 1992
Number of pages 208
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 12.5 x 18 cm
Weight 315 g


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Jean Vercoutter was a French Egyptologist. One of the pioneers of archaeological research into Sudan from 1953, he was Director of the Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale from 1977 to 1981. He excavated structures such as the temple of Ramesses II and also worked at the site of Saï.