Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Tombs and Curses

This would be right up Amelia Peabody's alley: the tombs of three royal dentists have recently been discovered in Egypt. Not only that -- but the tombs come complete with their own curse. Anyone violating the tombs can look forward to being eaten by a crocodile and a snake.

I'm not generally a mystery fan, but I love Elizabeth Peters' series about the intrepid archaeologist Amelia Peabody, her husband Emerson and their son, nicknamed Ramses. The series starts in the late 19th century and the most recent in the series, Tomb of the Golden Bird, takes place around the discovery of King Tut's tomb by Howard Carter in 1920.

Easily found at used bookstores, this series is very entertaining (and just slightly educational for those of us who like that kind of stuff). Start at the beginning and read them in order. You'll enjoy them more that way.

And don't forget: The Field Museum in Chicago is featuring a rare display of Egyptian antiquities in Tuntankhamun and The Golden Age of the Pharaohs through January 1, 2007.

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