Egypt - Joyce Tyldesley
Published by BBC Books on 6 October 2005, priced £17.99
Egypt: How A Lost Civilization Was Rediscovered accompanies the major BBC ONE series this October, re-telling the story of the discovery of ancient Egypt.
The book, written by highly respected author and archaeologist Joyce Tyldesley, tells the full story of the discovery which uncovered treasures that had lain completely hidden and undisturbed for nearly 2,000 years.
Tyldesley follows in the footsteps of the real-life Indiana Joneses in their quest for the splendid monuments, tombs and artefacts that have unlocked many of the secrets of this mesmerising civilisation.
Indeed, some of the explorers, by virtue of their larger-than-life personalities or spectacular finds, have come to dominate the story of the rediscovery of ancient Egypt.
Among these is Giovanni Belzoni, a circus strongman and diehard adventurer who uncovered many of the works of the greatest Pharaoh of them all, Ramesses II.
Egypt also delves into Howard Carter's dramatic discovery of the golden treasures lying deep in the burial chamber of the Boy King Tutankhamun, and follows the nail-biting race to crack the code of ancient hieroglyphics.
Filled with excitement and intrigue, and backed by factual accuracy, Egypt will appeal both to Egyptologists and to those new to the stories that Egypt holds.
Joyce Tyldesley is Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Archaeology, Classics and Oriental Studies at Liverpool University.
She is a freelance writer and lecturer on Egyptian archaeology, has made regular radio broadcasts and has acted as consultant on several television projects. Her previous books include: Nefertiti: Egypt's Sun Queen; Ramesses: Egypt's Greatest Pharaoh; and Hatchesput: The Female Pharaoh.
She is available for interview.