From the ancient ziggurats of Mespotamia and the steep pyramids of the Maya to the modern wonders of today, the engrossing text and beautifully detailed pictures of Pyramids provides a through historical overview of all types of pyramids. This meticulously illustrated reference also reveals how these awe-inspiring structures were constructed, what was kept inside them, and why they were so important to the different societies that produced them. An illustrated glossary and index help make this an even more enjoyable and easy-to-use reference.
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George Hart is known internationally as a consultant on pyramids. He has studied and compared the pyramids of the Americas and Egypt for many years. Currently, he is Staff Lecturer for the Education Service at the British Museum in London, where he lectures on the Egyptian Collection. He is the author of many books about ancient Egypt for both children and adults.
Anne Millard is the author of numerous books on history and archaeology for both children and adults. She has traveled widely, having been to Egypt more times than she can remember. Her other activities include lecturing to university students, giving guest lectures on tours, and going on archaeological digs. Ann lives in London, England.
Grade 4 Up?This book reveals that there are many different kinds of pyramids?even within Egypt?built at different times by different civilizations. It includes one of the best descriptions of how the Egyptian pyramids were actually made, from the cutting of the gargantuan stone blocks to the maneuvering involved to lodge them in their resting spots. Millard provides detailed information about the Egyptians' technologies as well as their religion and lifestyle. She includes a fictionalized account of a worker to emphasize the human aspect of erecting such monolithic structures. There's also lots of information about American pyramids, though less on those in North America than those in South and Central America. The Maya pyramids, the floating capital city of the Aztecs, and the building styles of the Incas and the Moche are all covered. Modern structures are touched upon, too, such as the Louvre expansion and the Transamerica pyramid in San Francisco. By combining well-captioned, clear, full-color illustrations and an engrossing narrative, this book teaches in the best way?by showing and explaining. Though your library may have many titles on the subject, this one covers areas they don't in a way that both browsers and researchers will gobble up.?Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library
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