Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Pyramids of Ancient Egypt by Aidan Dodson

Aidan Dodson
New Holland Publishers Ltd.
2003
ISBN 1 84330 495 3

I have to say from the start I am not a huge fan of Egyptian pyramids probably because the best part being the burial and it's provisions is almost always next to all gone. Thankfully however I am a big fan of the work of Dr. Dodson and this book at 144 pages is a relief from the over sized books I have been reading lately.

The Pyramids of Ancient Egypt is well equipped with many pictures on every page and a very interesting and useful 3 page review of the pyramid explorers. Dr. Dodson's presentation is clear and easy to comprehend certainly a read suitable for a young person or an old one.

With so much material being presented the individual burials and pyramids are lightly covered but thoroughly including name of pyramids, exploration of, and bases of attribution. Dr. Dodson has a fine way of telling stories and I particularly liked his recalling of the Brugsch brothers and the mummy found in the sarcophagus of Merenre at Saqqara.

For me the book could have been slightly more in depth particularly on the seldom dealt with queens burials but all and all The Pyramids of Ancient Egypt is a flawless read and an excellent resource.

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