• Architecture

The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World

The Great Monuments and how They Were Built
Author: Christopher Scarre
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780500050965
Category: Architecture
Page: 304
View: 5643
A survey of the world's great ancient wonders from the Great Temple of the Aztecs, to the Nazca lines of Peru, including answers to how the architecture was created and for what purpose.

    • Architecture

Ancient Egyptian Masonry

The Building Craft
Author: Somers Clarke,Reginald Engelbach
Publisher: Book Tree
ISBN: 9781585090594
Category: Architecture
Page: 242
View: 5894
Reveals the methods Egyptians used to build their stone constructions. We marvel at the structures they built, not knowing exactly how it was done. The authors state that their explanation of the Great Pyramids construction is not the final answer and that many mysteries still remain, yet do a fascinating job in detailing how the huge stones were dressed and laid out. Many mysteries are cleared up in this book, which includes over 250 sketches and pictures that back up the authors claims. They reveal how hard work, ingenuity, and an advanced knowledge of mathematics and physics account for some of the amazing architectural feats performed in early Egypt. Yet when a mystery remains, the authors openly admit it. Any serious researcher on ancient Egypt should not be without this book.

    • History

The Seventy Great Mysteries of the Ancient World

Unlocking the Secrets of Past Civilizations
Author: Brian M. Fagan
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780500510506
Category: History
Page: 304
View: 9512
Describes various issues in mythology and prehistoric and ancient history, from the Garden of Eden to the effects of meteor impacts, including tombs, writing systems, and the fall of civilizations, and suggests explanations.

    • History

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World


Author: Peter Clayton A
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136748105
Category: History
Page: 192
View: 3485
Sets each of the seven wonders in their historical context, bringing together materials from ancient sources and the results of modern excavations to suggest why particular places and objects have been seen as the touchstone for human achievement.

    • Architecture

The Seventy Wonders of the Modern World

1500 Years of Extraordinary Feats of Engineering and Construction
Author: Neil Parkyn
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
ISBN: 9780500510476
Category: Architecture
Page: 304
View: 9501
Describes the history, usage, and architectural uniqueness of seventy structures from around the world, including places of worship, castles, skyscrapers, bridges, dams, and statues.

    • History

Chronicle of the Roman Emperors

The Reign-by-reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Rome
Author: Chris Scarre
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780500289891
Category: History
Page: 240
View: 8138
Offers profiles of the Roman emperors, from Augustus to Constantine, and looks at the most important events during this period in Roman history.

    • Social Science

Inside the Neolithic Mind: Consciousness, Cosmos, and the Realm of the Gods


Author: David Lewis-Williams,David Pearce
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
ISBN: 050077045X
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
View: 5003
An exploration of how brain structure and cultural content interacted in the Neolithic period 10,000 years ago to produce unique life patterns and belief systems. What do the headless figures found in the famous paintings at Catalhoyuk in Turkey have in common with the monumental tombs at Newgrange and Knowth in Ireland? How can the concepts of "birth," "death," and "wild" cast light on the archaeological enigma of the domestication of cattle? What generated the revolutionary social change that ended the Upper Palaeolithic? David Lewis-Williams's previous book, The Mind in the Cave, dealt with the remarkable Upper Palaeolithic paintings, carvings, and engravings of western Europe. Here Dr. Lewis-Williams and David Pearce examine the intricate web of belief, myth, and society in the succeeding Neolithic period, arguably the most significant turning point in all human history, when agriculture became a way of life and the fractious society that we know today was born. The authors focus on two contrasting times and places: the beginnings in the Near East, with its mud-brick and stone houses each piled on top of the ruins of another, and western Europe, with its massive stone monuments more ancient than the Egyptian pyramids. They argue that neurological patterns hardwired into the brain help explain the art and society that Neolithic people produced. Drawing on the latest research, the authors skillfully link material on human consciousness, imagery, and religious concepts to propose provocative new theories about the causes of an ancient revolution in cosmology and the origins of social complexity. In doing so they create a fascinating neurological bridge to the mysterious thought-lives of the past and reveal the essence of a momentous period in human history. 100 illustrations, 20 in color.

    • Body, Mind & Spirit

History's Mysteries

People, Places and Oddities Lost in the Sands of Time
Author: Brian Haughton
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
ISBN: 1601637322
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 288
View: 7433
History’s Mysteries is an absorbing and meticulously researched exploration of the archaeology, history, and mysteries of 35 ancient places worldwide. Haughton’s book takes the reader on an unforgettable journey, from the 8,000-year-old stone circle of Nabta Playa to India’s magical Taj Mahal; from Rhode Island’s controversial Newport Tower to the enigmatic Royston Cave in the UK; from the strange medieval castle-village of Rennes-le-Château to the massive ancient walled city of Great Zimbabwe. Using the latest archaeological evidence, History’s Mysteries explores: The incredible archaeological discoveries at the 11,000 year-old sanctuary of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey. The heated debate over the 47-million-year-old ‘Ida Fossil’—could it be the missing link in our evolutionary history? The reality behind controversial ancient artifacts such as the Iron Pillar of Delhi, the Oak Island Treasure, and Egypt’s “Dendera Lamps.” What really happened to the Neanderthals? With 36 photographs and illustrations, this is the perfect reference work for those fascinated by the great mysteries of ancient history.

    • Agriculture, Prehistoric

The Human Past


Author: Chris Scarre
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780500294208
Category: Agriculture, Prehistoric
Page: 768
View: 9874
Here is a new, fourth edition of this authoritative introductory survey of world prehistory, spanning the past 3,000,000 years and written by a team of twenty-four expert authors. This edition has been radically updated to be more thematic and accessible: chapters are connected by new key themes boxes (climate change, domestication, migration, social inequality and urbanism), which link global regions and encourage big-picture thinking. The text has been streamlined and the book's design completely revamped: it is now in full colour throughout, with more than 50% more colour images than the previous edition. There is increased coverage of the Americas, with a brand-new chapter, The Origins and Dispersal of the First Americans. Revisions take into account the latest sites and discoveries, including Homo naledi and the new LiDAR surveys of Angkor Wat. Each chapter begins with a newly designed, easier-to-use timeline, and features boxes on key sites, key discoveries, key controversies and, as above, key themes. All of the key methods boxes from the previous edition have been consolidated into the Introduction and now offer an up-front primer of archaeological methods and practices. Tables and maps are simplified and easier to use.

    • History

The Seventy Great Inventions of the Ancient World


Author: Brian M. Fagan
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780500051306
Category: History
Page: 304
View: 4408
Presents the history of early human innovations, from tools and cooking utensils to early transportation vehicles and contraceptives, along with photographs, diagrams, reconstructions, and maps.

    • Religion

The Newark Earthworks

Enduring Monuments, Contested Meanings
Author: Lindsay Jones,Richard D. Shiels
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 0813937795
Category: Religion
Page: 352
View: 1568
Considered a wonder of the ancient world, the Newark Earthworks—the gigantic geometrical mounds of earth built nearly two thousand years ago in the Ohio valley--have been a focal point for archaeologists and surveyors, researchers and scholars for almost two centuries. In their prime one of the premier pilgrimage destinations in North America, these monuments are believed to have been ceremonial centers used by ancestors of Native Americans, called the "Hopewell culture," as social gathering places, religious shrines, pilgrimage sites, and astronomical observatories. Yet much of this territory has been destroyed by the city of Newark, and the site currently "hosts" a private golf course, making it largely inaccessible to the public. The first book-length volume devoted to the site, The Newark Earthworks reveals the magnitude and the geometric precision of what remains of the earthworks and the site’s undeniable importance to our history. Including contributions from archaeologists, historians, cultural geographers, and cartographers, as well as scholars in religious studies, legal studies, indigenous studies, and preservation studies, the book follows an interdisciplinary approach to shine light on the Newark Earthworks and argues compellingly for its designation as a World Heritage Site.

    • Architecture

Golden Gate Bridge

History and Design of an Icon
Author: Donald MacDonald,Ira Nadel
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 1452126968
Category: Architecture
Page: 128
View: 8790
Nine million people visit the Golden Gate Bridge each year, yet how many know why it's painted that stunning shade of "international orange"? Or that ancient Mayan and Art Deco buildings influenced the design? Current bridge architect Donald MacDonald answers these questions and others in a friendly, informative look at the bridge's engineering and 70-year history. This accessible account is accompanied by 70 of MacDonald's own charming color illustrations, making it easy to understand how the bridge was designed and constructed. A fascinating study for those interested in architecture, design, or anyone with a soft spot for San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge is a fitting tribute to this timeless icon.

    • History

Thinking Big: How the Evolution of Social Life Shaped the Human Mind


Author: Robin Dunbar,Clive Gamble,John Gowlett
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
ISBN: 0500772142
Category: History
Page: 224
View: 3894
A closer look at genealogy, incorporating how biological, anthropological, and technical factors can influence human lives We are at a pivotal moment in understanding our remote ancestry and its implications for how we live today. The barriers to what we can know about our distant relatives have been falling as a result of scientific advance, such as decoding the genomes of humans and Neanderthals, and bringing together different perspectives to answer common questions. These collaborations have brought new knowledge and suggested fresh concepts to examine. The results have shaken the old certainties. The results are profound; not just for the study of the past but for appreciating why we conduct our social lives in ways, and at scales, that are familiar to all of us. But such basic familiarity raises a dilemma. When surrounded by the myriad technical and cultural innovations that support our global, urbanized lifestyles we can lose sight of the small social worlds we actually inhabit and that can be traced deep into our ancestry. So why do we need art, religion, music, kinship, myths, and all the other facets of our over-active imaginations if the reality of our effective social worlds is set by a limit of some one hundred and fifty partners (Dunbar’s number) made of family, friends, and useful acquaintances? How could such a social community lead to a city the size of London or a country as large as China? Do we really carry our hominin past into our human present? It is these small worlds, and the link they allow to the study of the past that forms the central point in this book.

    • Architecture

Ancient architecture: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Crete, Greece


Author: Seton Lloyd,Roland Martin,Hans Wolfgang Müller
Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc
ISBN: N.A
Category: Architecture
Page: 415
View: 5854
Examines the origins, development, and distinctive styles and achievements of the architectures of the four ancient civilizations of the eastern Mediterranean

    • Sports & Recreation

Modern Coliseum

Stadiums and American Culture
Author: Benjamin D. Lisle
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812294076
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 328
View: 1094
From the legendary Ebbets Field in the heart of Brooklyn to the amenity-packed Houston Astrodome to the "retro" Oriole Park at Camden Yards, stadiums have taken many shapes and served different purposes throughout the history of American sports culture. In the early twentieth century, a new generation of stadiums arrived, located in the city center, easily accessible to the public, and offering affordable tickets that drew mixed crowds of men and women from different backgrounds. But in the successive decades, planners and architects turned sharply away from this approach. In Modern Coliseum, Benjamin D. Lisle tracks changes in stadium design and culture since World War II. These engineered marvels channeled postwar national ambitions while replacing aging ballparks typically embedded in dense urban settings. They were stadiums designed for the "affluent society"—brightly colored, technologically expressive, and geared to the car-driving, consumerist suburbanite. The modern stadium thus redefined one of the city's more rambunctious and diverse public spaces. Modern Coliseum offers a cultural history of this iconic but overlooked architectural form. Lisle grounds his analysis in extensive research among the archives of teams, owners, architects, and cities, examining how design, construction, and operational choices were made. Through this approach, we see modernism on the ground, as it was imagined, designed, built, and experienced as both an architectural and a social phenomenon. With Lisle's compelling analysis supplemented by over seventy-five images documenting the transformation of the American stadium over time, Modern Coliseum will be of interest to a variety of readers, from urban and architectural historians to sports fans.

    • Art

Venice & Antiquity

The Venetian Sense of the Past
Author: Patricia Fortini Brown
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300067003
Category: Art
Page: 361
View: 2345
Drawing on such remains of vernacular culture as inscriptions, medals, travellers accounts, and antique writings, as well as the art of the period, this text focuses on Venice's Golden Age and shows how it was influenced by antiquity, by its Byzantine heritage and by its own historical experience.

    • Juvenile Nonfiction

Mesopotamia, Iraq in Ancient Times


Author: Peter Chrisp
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
ISBN: 9781592700240
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 32
View: 1654
Photos, illustrations, archaeological discoveries, timelines, and detailed spreads are presented in this exploration of this ancient world that examines the establishments of the first monumental temples, the cities, libraries, written law codes, and schools that led to this land being commonly referred to as the "cradle of civilization."

    • History

The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome


Author: Christopher Scarre
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
ISBN: 9780140513295
Category: History
Page: 144
View: 2249
Uses maps, text, and illustrations to present the history of the Roman Empire, from its beginning as a modest village to its transformation into a Christian theocracy

    • Biography & Autobiography

Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem

How Religion Drove the Voyages that Led to America
Author: Carol Delaney
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439102376
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 336
View: 2524
An assessment of the character and motivations of Christopher Columbus reveals the passionate religious beliefs that motivated his famous voyages, and claims how he sought gold to finance a new crusade to restore Jerusalem to Christian control.