Ancient Treasures: The Discovery of Lost Hoards, Sunken Ships, Buried Vaults, and Other, Long-Forgotten Artifacts by Brian Haughton is a wonderful book on historic excavations of sites like Tutankhamun, the gold of Troy, the treasure of Benghazi, lost treasures of Afghanistan and Viking hoards. Haughton includes very detailed pictures of Tutankhamun’s tomb, gold earrings from Tilla Tepe, elaborate Viking silver artifacts, the reconstruction of Catherine the Great’s Amber Room and many other marvels.
Haughton documents the AD79 Mount Vesuvius eruption that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum. Over the centuries, archeologists have uncovered parts of the lost treasures buried then under 20 feet of volcanic ash. The book explains the discovery of the Villa Pisanella in 1868. Many valuable artifacts were uncovered; such as 1000 gold aurei (coins), gold jewelry, bronze objects and exquisite silver tableware. Other hoards of valuables were found including that of Quintus Sabinus — believed to be a wealthy relative of the Emperor Nero.
Haughton writes at length about the archeological site at Cyrene which hosts the Sanctuary of Apollo, temples to Artemis and Egyptian goddess Isis, the amphitheater and Trajan Baths. The book documents the Bactrian Gold in Northern Afghanistan which consists of gold jewelry, coins and ornaments like the Tilla Tepe which date back to the Iron Age.
Ancient Treasures-The Discovery of Lost Hoards, Sunken Ships, Buried Vaults, and Other, Long-Forgotten Artifacts is a fantastic compendium. The presentation is easy to read and understand. There is a wide audience for this book among journalists, travellers, hobbyists and academicians everywhere. The cost is very reasonable considering the high value of the research contained in the book.Powered by Sidelines