Gods, Graves and Scholars

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Cover of a German edition of Gods, Graves, and Scholars.

Gods, Graves, and Scholars is a book by German writer C. W. Ceram about the history of archaeology. First published in 1949, Ceram's book introduced the general reading public to the origin and development of archaeology. It sold extremely well — over five million copies have been published in 30 languages — and remains in print today.

The book covers Greek, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, as well as Mexican, Central American, and South American archaeology. It gives brief biographies of archaeologists like Heinrich Schliemann, Jean-François Champollion, Paul-Émile Botta, and Howard Carter, among others.


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  • Cornelius Holtorf: Archaeology is a brand!: the meaning of archaeology in contemporary popular culture. Archaeopress 2007, ISBN 978-1-905739-06-6, p. 68 (online copy, p. 68, at Google Books)