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The Past from Above: Aerial Photographs of Archaeological Sites

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Now available in paperback, The Past From Above presents stunning aerial photographs of 250 of the world's foremost archaeological sites. The photographer, Georg Gerster, has been shooting ancient sites from the air for more than fifty years. In this current collection, his subjects range from the temple complex at Karnak to the Great Wall of China, and from the Acropolis ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published July 11th 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published May 17th 2005)
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Michael Smith
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Aerial photographs began being taken in the mid-19th century, from tethered hot-air balloons, but it was a very iffy business. Among other things, the balloon gondola had to include a darkroom because the glass plates of the time couldn’t wait the photographer to return to earth. The invention of the airplane in the early 20th century made things much simpler in a technical sense, but also more complicated when it came to politics and borders. Most of the earliest aerial photos of archaeological ...more
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Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, history
Very cool book. I must admit I didn't read much of the text. It was educational to see some "old favorite" archaeological sites from the air, however, just to get a sense of how they fit into the surrounding landscape. Some can only be seen from above, anyway, but others (like Stonehenge, for example) look really small when viewed from the air. I never realized how big "The Forum" is in Rome; there are several Fora and they inside courtyards and separated by buildings now.

The colors were amazin
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Peter Tillman
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread-list, art, history
It would be difficult to over-praise this monumental book, which represents a lifetime of work by aerial photographer Georg Gerster. 249 archaeological sites in 51 countries! Photographed in color, and reproduced to the standards of its 2005 publication date. This really is an essential book for anyone interested in archaeology.

About the only drawbacks are its weight (almost 6 pounds!), which preclude bedtime reading. All that weight is hard on the binding, and the well-worn library copy in fron
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Laura
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This fascinating book inspired hours of awe, wonder, even sadness (over the amazing archeology of Syria that has possibly been destroyed forever). The marvels of ancient and even recent man are evident from the photos of 6 continents. Informative, short articles highlight each photo.
Walt
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good photographs and brief descriptions.
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