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Book Review: ‘Ancient Treasures: The Discovery of Lost Hoards, Sunken Ships, Buried Vaults, and Other, Long-Forgotten Artifacts’ by Brian Haughton

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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.

About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.