Gods, Graves and Scholars

The Story of Archaeology
C. W. Ceram
Introduced by John Romer

A treasure trove of archaeological wonder: C. W. Ceram’s infectiously enthusiastic volume is an enduring classic.

‘My aim was to portray the dramatic qualities of archaeology, its human side.’

From Pompeii to the Rosetta Stone and from Nineveh to Chichén-Itzá, this hugely influential book was the first to tell the story of archaeology. First published in German in 1949, it was translated into 26 languages and became an international bestseller. More than any other book, it helped stoke a passion for archaeology in the imagination of the post-war world, and remains one of the world’s most widely read books on the subject.

C. W. Ceram was the pseudonym of a Hamburg-based journalist, Kurt W. Marek, who combined an encyclopaedic knowledge of his subject with a gift for storytelling. Ceram tells us that ‘the great Palace of Minos was as large as Buckingham Palace’, that the bronze statues of Pompeii ‘rang like bells’ when they were first struck by the workmen’s shovels, and describes how our modern superstition about a black cat crossing our path stems from ancient Babylon.

Bound in buckram and blocked with a design by Simon Brett

Set in Centaur

560 pages

Frontispiece and 48 pages of colour and black & white plates

Printed endpapers

Plain slipcase

10˝ × 7½˝

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