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The Millionaire and the Mummies: Theodore Davis's Gilded Age in the Valley of the Kings

The Millionaire and the Mummies: Theodore Davis's Gilded Age in the Valley of the Kings

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The Millionaire and the Mummies: Theodore Davis's Gilded Age in the Valley of the Kings

John Adams, director emeritus of the Orange County Public Library, former ARCE Board of Governors member, and founder and first president of the ARCE Orange County California Chapter, has written a fascinating new book on the life and times of Theodore M. Davis and his impact on the history of Egyptology.

Davis was, during the Gilded Age at the turn of the last century, an unscrupulous American "robber baron" whose wealth and tenacity eventually led him to Egypt where he found an unprecedented eighteen tombs in the Valley of the Kings. His good sense in hiring qualified excavators and relentless determination to systematically explore the valley set new standards for the nascent science of Egyptology. It is a spellbinding read and will be available from St. Martin's Press in June, 2013.

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