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#21  pwalker8 04-17-2019, 04:52 PM
So far, I've read Gods, Graves & Scholars, by Ceram, Egypt: How a Lost Civilization Was Rediscovered, The Riddle of the Labyrinth by Fox. All very interesting books and worth reading. Gods, Graves & Scholars was a bit dated, having been last revised in the early 60's, but I did enjoy the writing style. Always interesting getting the German view of things.
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#22  drjd 04-19-2019, 01:53 PM
Quote pwalker8
Thanks for the response. Yes, I saw a lot of biblical archeology books in the kindle store. I'm somewhat skeptical towards the search for Noah's Ark and prove the Bible type books. I am interested in the various ancient civilization books. For example, I have a number of books on Bronze age civilizations, but for the most part they are either very expensive as ebooks or aren't available as ebooks.
I may recommend few more books to expand your horizon of study of different ancient civilizations and archaeology : Ashoka, The Search for India's Lost Emperor by Charles Allen, In the Valley of the Kings by Daniel Meyerson and The Lost River - On the trail of Saraswati by Michel Danino. I've found them quite authentic and interesting. All of them are available at Amazon in ebook format.
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#23  pwalker8 04-19-2019, 03:56 PM
Quote drjd
I may recommend few more books to expand your horizon of study of different ancient civilizations and archaeology : Ashoka, The Search for India's Lost Emperor by Charles Allen, In the Valley of the Kings by Daniel Meyerson and The Lost River - On the trail of Saraswati by Michel Danino. I've found them quite authentic and interesting. All of them are available at Amazon in ebook format.
Thanks for the suggestions. I could only find one of these in the Kindle store in the US.
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#24  ngrant 04-19-2019, 04:34 PM
A bit off-topic since the OP asked for ebook recommendations - but I have been buying/subscribing to The Great Courses online and enjoy their history/archaeology content enormously, especially the courses on ancient civilizations. The courses are akin to first year college courses (I am told) and are usually very expensive to purchase on TheGreatCourses.com but the subscription to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com (two different websites) costs as little as $12.50/month if billed annually and you can watch as much as you like! These give my eyes a much needed break from reading, I can chill out and just listen to the audio. Here's a list of their History courses:

https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/category/history?tn=Categories_0_0

The individual courses are infrequently available on fantastic discounts through Amazon US, examples are in the spoiler below, recently posted by AnemicOak on the FREE/BARGAIN Media Deals thread. I picked up 5 of these at 99 cents each (!) and watch via the Amazon Prime Video app or through the Amazon website (and I don't have Prime at the moment - just use the app for my purchased content). I believe these are still available at the sale prices.

Spoiler Warning below






Amazon has a bunch of Great Courses "seasons" marked down to $0.99 each (usually single episodes are around $1.99-$2.99 each with many episodes per season). I don't have a full list, but here are some and others can be found searching for Great Courses in the Prime Video section and looking at prices. As always check to make sure the price hasn't gone back up before hitting buy. Think college lectures more than traditional documentary.

Ancient Civilizations of North America
https://www.amazon.com/Watch-Trailer/dp/B07M62BXTM

The Celtic World
https://www.amazon.com/Watch-Trailer/dp/B07MVK3SKS

Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills
https://www.amazon.com/Watch-Trailer/dp/B0711ZKFJG

The Everyday Gourmet: Cooking with Vegetables
https://www.amazon.com/Chili-Peppers/dp/B071SG7H8X

Understanding Modern Electronics
https://www.amazon.com/Watch-Trailer/dp/B07K8V8KWM

Maya to Aztec: Ancient Mesoamerica Revealed
https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B0759ZMM65

How You Decide: The Science of Human Decision Making
https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B06XXVK9XK

Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds, and Scandals
https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07M9DLWS8

Anthropology and the Study of Humanity
https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07JCLDQ41

Understanding Investments
https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07M62BBTJ

Do-It-Yourself Engineering
https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07HKQB3HV

Radio Astronomy: Observing the Invisible Universe
https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07GHRYY3M

Learning French: A Rendezvous with French-Speaking Cultures
https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B0794CYR8M

The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History
https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B071CM27YW

Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases
https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B078KMDJD2

Law School for Everyone
https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07BQJKDSY

The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes
https://www.amazon.com/Early-Nomads-.../dp/B07KQJJZVK

The Big History of Civilizations
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071P8SDGT

The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HKT1S3K

A History of British India
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07579R9D6

The Learning Brain
https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07M9SK58R

How Jesus Became God
https://www.amazon.com/The-Birth-of-.../dp/B07JVQRDM3

The History and Achievements of the Islamic Golden Age
https://www.amazon.com/Ibn-Battutas-.../dp/B079ZJWRL5

The World's Greatest Churches
https://www.amazon.com/Great-Churche.../dp/B0714L6XX8

Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy
https://www.amazon.com/Your-Ancestor.../dp/B075B1BBYC

How to Grow Anything: Your Best Garden and Landscape in 6 Lessons
https://www.amazon.com/Design-Light-.../dp/B07D44YTSV

The History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch
https://www.amazon.com/Eastern-Ortho.../dp/B07GQ8Y1H8

Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, and Culture
https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07JCVG5DJ


Hope this might be of interest!
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#25  pwalker8 04-20-2019, 02:00 PM
A lot of people prefer videos for learning, but I've always preferred books. I have heard good things about The Great Courses though.
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#26  kalwisti 05-08-2019, 01:22 AM
Thanks to everyone for the suggestions in this thread. Although I have a personal interest in archaeology, I don't consider myself to be a scholar by any means and I haven't kept abreast of current research.

However, I have a mini-list which might have some interesting / useful titles (I don't think they have already been mentioned):

Chadwick, John. The decipherment of Linear B. 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press, 2014. (Originally published in 1958)

Coe, Michael D. Breaking the Maya code. 3rd ed. Thames & Hudson, 2012.

Stephens, John Lloyd. Incidents of travel in Yucatan. Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.
[1848]
(Available via Project Gutenberg)

Robinson, Andrew. Cracking the Egyptian code : the revolutionary life of Jean-Francois Champollion. Oxford University Press, 2012.

MacKendrick, Paul. The Greek stones speak : the story of archaeology in Greek lands. 2nd ed., rev. and enl. W. W. Norton, 1983.
[paper only] (Originally published 1966 [?])

Schliemann, Heinrich. Troy and its remains. 1875.
(Available via Project Gutenberg)

Johnson, Marilyn. Lives in ruins : archaeologists and the seductive lure of human rubble. 1st ed. Harper, 2014.
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#27  Pulpmeister 05-10-2019, 06:25 AM
I have read the Chadwick book: it's great!
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#28  issybird 05-10-2019, 07:57 AM
Quote issybird
This is one I picked up a while ago and haven't got to yet:

The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code

It might not be exactly what you want, as while it features the excavation of Crete by a noted archaeologist, Arthur Evans, much of it is devoted to interpreting the language on tablets discovered there, with enormous importance to the study of the ancient Greeks. However, it is available as an ebook.

I was interested to learn in another recent read that the scholar who cracked the language used a lot of techniques developed in code-breaking during World War II.
Quote HarryT
I was about to say "This looks very interesting - I'll buy it", but when I went to Amazon UK it tells me that I actually did buy it in 2014, probably as the result of another recommendation. Now moved up my reading list!
Quote pwalker8
So far, I've read Gods, Graves & Scholars, by Ceram, Egypt: How a Lost Civilization Was Rediscovered, The Riddle of the Labyrinth by Fox. All very interesting books and worth reading. Gods, Graves & Scholars was a bit dated, having been last revised in the early 60's, but I did enjoy the writing style. Always interesting getting the German view of things.
Just a heads up that The Riddle of the Labyrinth will be the June selection for the New Leaf Book Club and all are most welcome to join the discussion, which will start June 15.
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#29  pwalker8 05-10-2019, 08:32 AM
Quote issybird
Just a heads up that The Riddle of the Labyrinth will be the June selection for the New Leaf Book Club and all are most welcome to join the discussion, which will start June 15.
I read that. It was a very interesting book.
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#30  BobC 05-11-2019, 12:11 PM
You might find something that tickles your fancy at:

https://archive.org/search.php?query=description%3A%28archeology%29&an d[]=subject%3A%22Archeology%22

Be aware though that many of these can only be usefully downloaded as image based PDFs so are quite large.

BobC
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