Routledge, 2003. — 263 p.Progressive demystification is one way I might characterize my thirty years of archaeological inquiry into the culture of ancient Egypt. Dorothy found that the great and powerful Wizard of Oz, with all his mystery, sound and fury, was really the little man behind the curtain. Similarly the mystery and magic of ancient Egypt, the mighty monuments built for gods and royalty, veil the lives and labour of real people. The more carefully we look at the details of gigantic pyramids and elegantly poised hundred-ton obelisks, the more they show themselves as very human monuments. At the same time, the deeper is our sense of awe and appreciation for how these real people marshalled labour and resources to create icons with such other-worldly perfection.
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