The Past From Above: Aerial Photographs of Archaeological Sites

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Now available in paperback, The Past From Above presents stunning aerial photographs of 250 of the world's foremost archaeological sites. The photographer, Georg Gerster, has been shooting ancient sites from the air for more than fifty years. In this current collection, his subjects range from the temple complex at Karnak to the Great Wall of China, and from the Acropolis in Athens to Aztec palaces in Mexico. Gerster's photographs are technical achievements--often produced under hair-raising circumstances--in their own right but at the same time offer a unique visual history of mankind stretching back to the dawn of civilization. Charlotte Tr:umpler introduces the photographs with an overview of the critical role that aerial photography has played in archaeological research.

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In addition to his work as an aerial photographer, Georg Gerster is a journalist who has contributed to many books and scientific magazines.

Charlotte Tr:umpler is the head of the Archaeological Collection of the Ruhrlandmuseum Essen.

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It is from above, usually with the aid of evening light, long shadows and snowfalls, that the past seems to leap into life ... the result is a glorious book ... George Gerster's photographs are both revelations of the past and works of beauty in themselves -- Simon Jenkins Sunday Times ... extraordinary album of views ... all the proudest works of man lie spread out before the reader Independent If Kubla Khan had a library in Xanadu, he'd have kept this book on permanent display -- Andrew Motion Guardian

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