Reviews: exploration, maps, archaeology

FINDING THE LOST CITIES

“Stefoff . . . blows the dust off 13 of archaeology’s greatest triumphs, and the careers of the scientists and adventurers who forged them during the field’s ‘heroic age’ . . . . To the often-told tales of Schliemann at Troy, Evans at Knossos, and Layard at Nineveh, Stefoff adds plenty of lesser-known discoveries . . . . [T]he currency of her information, the expertise with which she picks out intriguing details, plus the trenchant contrast she draws between the destructive methods of early treasure hunters and today’s careful scientists, make this must reading for students of the past.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This lively survey of . . . buried and rediscovered cities is spellbinding. The aspiring archaeologists on your list will cherish such a book.” – Smithsonian

“A title that’s sure to spark interest in vanished civilizations and in archaeology, with its mix of dramatic discoveries and careful deducations.” – School Library Journal, starred review

Finding the Lost Cities details 13 buried and rediscovered cities around the world, from Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East to Southeast Asia and the Americas. Rebecca Stefoff uncovers the passion of the archaeologists who searched for these cities and the drama of the find, offering a fascinating glimpse into the nature of the civilizations that populated each of the lost cities” – London Free Press

THE YOUNG OXFORD COMPANION TO MAPS AND MAPMAKING

“Whether you’re looking for a clearly written definition of ‘latitude’ or an informative introduction to Native American mapmakers, this comprehensive and intriguing encyclopedia of cartography holds the answer. . . . Featuring attractive reproductions of antique maps, portraits, pertinent photographs, and easily comprehensible diagrams, the illustrations are plentiful, informative, and fascinating. Fun to browse and filled with useful information, this exhaustive encyclopedia will make an invaluable reference tool.” – School Library Journal

The Young Oxford Companion to Maps and Mapmaking, a splendid resource for any subject related to geography, is as appealing for browsing as it is for research.” – VOYA

THE EXTRAORDINARY EXPLORERS SERIES: ACCIDENTAL EXPLORERS, WOMEN OF THE WORLD, and SCIENTIFIC EXPLORERS

“This series of books carries a vigorous sense of adventure and curiosity. Up mountains, across deserts, through rain forest and even into space the prose strides forward with clarity and enthusiasm. It is a celebration of human endeavour and achievement which should convey to young people a feeling of responsible optimism about striking out for something new. It promotes the kind of individualism that has a good reason for being different.” – London Times Education Supplement

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