An emphasis on archaeological research is the key to ancient Egyptian civilization in this informative account. By presenting the most significant discoveries made by archaeologists in the last two centuries -the secrets of the Sphinx and the pyramids, the tombs in the catacombs, the ruins of Karnak, Luxor and Thebes -- many secrets are unveiled. The discovery of the Rosetta stone and its importance in deciphering the Egyptian hieroglyphics is described in detail. Through these many tangible sources -- mummies, paintings, artifacts and through the vivid vignettes of life on a farm, in a village, in the court of the Pharaoh, as well as through a survey of the origins of the civilization from its beginnings on the Nile to the Empire and its gradual decline, the full panorama takes shape. Knowledgeable writing.