Ancient Discoveries: True Stories About the Ancient Past! (True Stories, Hidden Facts No. 2)

Ancient Discoveries: True Stories About the Ancient Past! (True Stories, Hidden Facts No. 2)

By: Adam Sutherland (author), Hachette Children's Books (author)Hardback

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This series, aimed at reluctant readers, takes a popular subject and reveals the true stories and hidden facts behind it.

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The Curse of Tutankhamen - The story of the discovery of the boy king's tomb and the curse made up by the newspapers. The hidden facts reveal the treasures and the truth behind the legend. Buried Alive, The Terracotta Army - The emperor Qin Shi Huangdi's tomb was a massive construction that took hundreds of workers to construct. On his death in 210 BC they were all incarcerated in the tomb along with the emperor. When discovered in 1974, amongst the many artifacts revealed was a complete army of Terracotta soldiers. Troy, fact or fiction? - Many stories have been written about the siage of Troy, the most famous being the epic poem The Illiad. The ancient Greeks believed it to be true but by the 19th century most scholars thought it was a myth. In 1873, Schliemann excavated a mound called Hissarlik and discovered several layers of ancient city along with some artifacts he called King Priam's Treasure and declared it to be Troy. But was it? An Copper-age Murder mystery - In 1991, two tourists found the dead body of a man in a glacier in the Alps. It was a mummified body of a man who had died in 3300BC. Extremely well preserved, Otzi the Icemann as he is called, supplied a great deal of information about copper-age Europeans. How he died was a mystery until someone discovered an arrow head embedded in his shoulder... Pompeii, Death of a City - Along with Herculaneum, its sister city, Pompeii was destroyed, and completely buried, during a long catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius spanning two days in AD 79. It was lost for nearly 1700 years before its accidental discovery in 1748. Since then, its excavation has provided an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire. Swartkrans boy, a 2 million year old autopsy - In 1948, a limestone cave was excavated, throwing up finds of fossil bones of an early homonid. On a piece of skull there were two holes which puzzled anthropologists. How had the young apeboy died? Lair of the Minotaur - The Greek myth of the minotaur is well known and the labyrinth in which he was kept was said to be at Knossos. Although no sign of it has been found, the excavation of the palace of Minos, with its labyrinth of rooms and water and sewer systems, has revealed a startling amount of information about the bull-jumping Minoan civilisation that built it. The death of Pete Marsh - Lindow Man, also known as Lindow II and Pete Marsh, is the name given to the naturally-preserved bog body of an Iron Age man, discovered in a peat bog at Lindow Moss, Cheshire, on 1 August 1984 by commercial peat-cutters. Lindow Man was a healthy male in his mid-20s. He may have been someone of high status, such as a druid, as his body shows little evidence of heavy or rough work. The nature of his death was violent... The Mystery of Sutton Hoo - An excavated ship grave reveals many artifacts that help us understand the Anglo-Saxons. But there was no body in the grave. What happened to it and who was it? Lost city of the Jungle - The discovery of Copan and its treasures show the Mayan civilization at its height. But why was it deserted?

Product Details

  • publication date: 27/08/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780750260701
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 32
  • ID: 9780750260701
  • weight: 434
  • ISBN10: 075026070X

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