Ancient Greece

Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of Greece's Past

By Marni McGee; Michael Shanks (Consultant)
National Geographic Society, Library Binding, 9780792278726, 64pp.

Publication Date: November 14, 2006

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Archaeology unlocks the secrets of Greece's ancient past. Explore the ruins of Greece and Turkey, on land and under sea.

In 1870, amateur archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann discovers Hissarlik, part of Troy.

In 1939, the palace of King Nestor in the Mycenaean city of Messina is unearthed near Pylos. In 1996, artifacts from the city, burned around 1200 B.C., link the site to Homer's Odyssey.

In 1983, a Turkish diver locates the world's oldest shipwreck, which yields the world's oldest "book"—a carved wooden writing tablet with an ivory hinge.

This title brings readers into close contact with scientists working to uncover the secrets of the Ancient Greeks, whose artifacts appear at digs across Europe, Asia Minor, and northern Africa.

Ancient Greece includes an interview with underwater archaeologist Faith Hentschel, a past grantee of the National Geographic Society.

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About the Author
Marni McGee is the author of 20 well-loved books for children, which include WINSTON THE BOOK WOLF, WHILE ANGELS WATCH, SLEEPY ME, MESSY ME and FOREST CHILD. Her work has been published in more than a dozen countries and languages. SURFERELLA is her first book for Beach Ball.

Though Marni McGee spent her growing-up years in North Carolina, she and her historian husband have lived in Santa Barbara, California, for four decades, just minutes from the Pacific Ocean. Her career as a children's book writer began with stories intended for her own children, Liz and Claude. But as she wrote SURFERELLA, the energy was flowing in the other direction from her surfer-son, Claude, whose knowledge, experience and love of the ocean made the story happen.

Marni and Sears's two children are now grown and have produced four wondrous grandchildren Kai, Benton, Nami, and Peter.

Michael Shanks is the Omar and Althea Dwyer Hoskins Professor of Classical Archaeology at Stanford University, a Director of Stanford Humanities Lab, Director of Metamedia in Stanford Archaeology Center, and a founder of Stanford Strategy Center. He has worked on the archaeology of early farmers in northern Europe, antiquarians in Scotland, Greek cities in the Mediterranean as well as the applications of archaeology to the contemporary world. His archaeology lab at Stanford is pioneering the use of Web 2.0 technologies to facilitate collaborative multidisciplinary research networks in design history, media materialities and long-term historical trends. His books, including ReConstructing Archaeology (1987), Social Theory and Archaeology (1987), Experiencing the Past (1992), Art and the Early Greek State (1999) and Theatre/Archaeology (2001) have made him a key figure in contemporary archaeological thought.
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