The Lost Tombs of Thebes

The Lost Tombs of Thebes

Life in Paradise

  1. Zahi Hawass
  2. Photographs by Sandro Vannini
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  • ISBN 9780500051597
  • 34.00 x 25.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 288pp
  • 208 Illustrations, 201 in colour
  • First published 2009
‘If you were able to travel in Egypt, you could never have a better view of the art in these private tombs. It is really breathtaking. Some of the mural paintings are as fresh and vivid as if created yesterday’ –
‘Splendid … only a few of the tombs featured in this book will be accessible to visitors, so it provides readers with a unique opportunity to see within them … exquisite photographs’ – Current World Archaeology

In southern Egypt, not far from the Valley of the Kings, lie hundreds of unique and wonderfully decorated tombs from the New Kingdom belonging to the people who served the pharaohs. Many of these tombs had been lost to the eyes of the world – closed and visited only by scholars. Others had been hidden under modern villages.

The Lost Tombs of Thebes gives privileged access to a selection of these extraordinary monuments. The scenes and texts that adorn their walls include some of the most exquisite examples of Egyptian art to be found anywhere in the land of the Nile.

In 2008, Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities finally succeeded in moving the largest of the covering villages and now archaeologists and local people are working together to save the past for the future. A number of hitherto unrecorded tombs have been discovered and rescued from oblivion.

The glorious paintings and elegant reliefs depict in fascinating detail life both on earth and in paradise for the ancient Egyptians. As well as exploring tomb construction and the often lavish burial equipment that accompanied the dead, the book also looks at the eventful times the tomb owners lived through and the great rulers they served, such as Thutmose III and Ramesses the Great. Final chapters discuss the fate of the tombs and the vital ongoing work of restoration and conservation.

Combining scholarship with superb photography, including numerous foldouts, this magnificent volume will bring these lost tombs back into the light and illuminate the mysterious world of ancient Thebes and the nobles who lived and died there in Egypt’s Golden Age.

See video of Zahi Hawass and Dr Janice Karmin talking about the lost tombs

World-famous archaeologist Zahi Hawass has made many major discoveries, including the tombs of the pyramid builders at Giza, the Valley of the Golden Mummies at Bahariya and the identification of the mummy of Hatshepsut. He is the author of many popular books, including King Tutankhamun: The Treasures of the Tomb, The Royal Tombs of Egypt and his memoirs Secrets from the Sand, all published by Thames & Hudson.

Sandro Vannini has worked closely with Zahi Hawass over many years.
He contributed the photographs for King Tutankhamun: The Treasures of the Tomb and The Royal Tombs of Egypt.