Secrets of the Sands by Harry Thurston
The Revelations of Egypt's Everlasting Oasis

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In a part of Egypt so parched that decades might pass between rainstorms, amid a sea of sand, is a green island-Dakhleh, the "everlasting oasis"-that may contain the whole of human history. In this extraordinary book, an acclaimed science writer and journalist follows an international team of archaeologists as they unlock the secrets of nearly half-a-million years. Using high-tech methods, these scientists have made stunning finds, including indications that Dakhleh may have been the cradle of the Nile civilization that gave rise to the pharaohs and the pyramids. They have unearthed a perfect Old Kingdom town, with palaces and temples from the Golden Age, huge caches of mummies and papyri, an entire Roman city-a Pompeii in the middle of the desert-and the world's two oldest books. Blending elements of adventure narrative, travelogue, and scientific mystery, SECRETS OF THE SANDS also traces on a grand historical scale the story of how humans have interacted with the changing environment, laying bare a parable with relevance to us all about the fragile balance between humankind and our world.

About Harry Thurston

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Thurston is a poet and an award-winning journalist and author on science and environmental issues. He has written twelve books and scores of articles in more than thirty magazines. He lives in Nova Scotia.
Published January 6, 2004 by Arcade Publishing. 400 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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Dakhleh is also a trove of the everyday (one of the books is a record of goods and services from tenant farmers) that provides insights into flint-knapping and bread-baking, farming and the wine trade.

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