WASHINGTON (April 25, 2003)—Dazzling riches of ancient Egypt sparkle from the pages of a new National Geographic special collector’s issue, “Treasures of Egypt,” that will be available on newsstands May 1. This is the greatest collection of ancient Egypt photographs ever published in one magazine.
National Geographic’s coverage of ancient Egypt reaches back more than a century, when archaeologists first began to scientifically explore the country’s extraordinary heritage and the Egyptian Museum was built, in 1900, to display many of the wonders that were unearthed. From W.M. Flinders-Petrie’s 1901 investigation at Abydos, site of many predynastic rulers’ tombs, to the opening of King Tutankhamun’s lavish tomb in 1922, to recent finds of burial grounds and treasures at Giza and Saqqara, National Geographic has documented every major discovery.
“The ancient Egyptians were a remarkable people, and we know far more about them than we do about any other culture from that time,” writes National Geographic Editor-in-Chief Bill Allen in his introduction to the large-format special issue. “We know their names, their family relationships … how they lived and how they hoped to be remembered into eternity. This collector’s edition takes you through it all, displaying one of the world’s most glorious civilizations at its best.”
“Treasures of Egypt” is divided into seven sections: the Nile, pyramids, kings and queens, riches of Tutankhamun, Egyptian gods, mummies and the afterlife. Each section begins with a short essay, followed by a selection of breathtaking images illustrating the splendor and richness of the many icons that embody the mystery and majesty of Egypt’s cultural heritage.
Among the treasures showcased are Tutankhamun’s coffin, made of 250 pounds of solid gold, intricately painted tomb murals dating more than 32 centuries, gilded chariots, stunning jewelry, elegant goblets, towering statues and mummified royalty and animals, including a cat and a crocodile.
The special issue also contains a colorful two-sided, fold-out map of Egypt’s Nile Valley. Richly illustrated, it features scores of archaeological sites with comprehensive explanations, a chronology of dynastic periods and a map of modern Cairo.
Readers can win a print of the special issue’s cover image — Tutankhamun’s resplendent golden death mask — signed by photographer Kenneth Garrett, by entering an online contest at the special issue’s Web site, nationalgeographic.com/ngm/egypt. Visitors to the site can also use a hieroglyphic translator to write their names in hieroglyphs; send e-greetings to friends; and browse through the Egypt File for downloadable maps of the Nile River, Giza pyramids and Nile Valley archaeological sites plus links to other Egypt resources. In addition, they can download desktop images of selected photographs in the special issue and watch interviews with Garrett, who made more than half the photographs in the magazine.
“Treasures of Egypt” will be available on newsstands, in bookstores and through the magazine’s Web site for $9.95 until the end of July. It is National Geographic’s fifth special collector’s issue and follows “100 Best Photographs,” “Best of America,” “100 Best Wildlife Photographs” and “National Geographic Swimsuits: 100 Years in Pictures.”