Genesis of the Pharaohs: Dramatic New Discoveries That Rewrite the Origins of Ancient Egypt (Hardback)
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Short Description for Genesis of the Pharaohs Traces the discovery of ancient Egyptian rock carvings in the heart of the Eastern Desert, between the Nile Valley and the Red Sea, that appear to hold the key to the origins of later pharaonic imagery. Hidden for 6000 years, this historic legacy yields images of distant ancestors of the pharaohs.
- Published: 17 June 2003
- Format: Hardback 208 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780500051221 ISBN 10: 0500051224
- Sales rank: 418,228
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Full description for Genesis of the Pharaohs
Generations of scholars, tourists and armchair travellers have been intrigued by the puzzle of ancient Egypt's origins. Now, in the light of Toby Wilkinson's dramatic new discoveries, the genesis of the pharaohs is at last coming into focus. But the picture that emerges is not what we imagined. The ancestors of the pyramid-builders were not village-dwelling farmers, but wandering cattle-herders, and pharaonic civilization was forged in one of the most forbidding places on Earth: the Eastern Desert, between the Nile Valley and the Red Sea. Here, the pharaohs' distant ancestors left a stunning legacy that has remained hidden for 6,000 years: hundreds of intricate rock carvings in which the origins of later pharaonic imagery is clearly discernible. Toby Wilkinson traces the discovery of these ancient records, dates them, and identifies the artists who made them, basing his own discoveries in the heart of the Eastern Desert.