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Nefertiti Lived Here

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This is the first book written by archaeologist and broadcastor Mary Chubb about her adventures and experiences on various digs in the Near East and East Mediterranean. This story concerns her time at the site of Tell el Amarna in Egypt, the city of Akhenaten, in 1930. Written as a novel, but full of historical facts and real-life experiences.
Paperback, 181 pages
Published December 31st 1954 by Libri Publications Ltd (first published January 1st 1954)
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Emily Sherriff
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! As someone who has gone on excavations Mary Chubb perfectly describes the excitement and joy of being on an excavation. The day to day banalities are all worth it when you discover something that's been hidden for thousands of years, holding such a tangible piece of history is always an incredible feeling!

G.A. Wilson
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In 1930, young Mary Chubb joined a small team of archaeologists on an expedition to Amarna, the city built by the heretic pharaoh Akhenaten and his wife, Nefertiti. Mary was, in effect, the administrative assistant on this venture, but was soon lending a hand on the dig. In a captivating narrative, she describes the desolate landscape, the very basic accommodation, and the people who accompanied her on this adventure. The story also provides a lovely portrayal of the expedition leader, John Pend ...more
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I've re-read many times the Russian translation of this book, that appeared in 1961. It is a warm and entertaining story of a young woman's experience as a secretary during an archaeological expedition. I've graduated as a scholar in the Ancient history and even tried to study Ancient Egyptian at one stage, so of course I know about Egypt a lot more than thirty years ago, when I first read this book. However, "Nefertiti lived here" is still fascinating. Mary Chubb died in 2003 - she was almost h ...more
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I found this book while making my way through the majority of the history section of a library in nearly the middle of nowhere. This book captures the magic of the early days of Egyptian archeology from the layperson's perspective--dances around the campfire, the wonder of finding a necklace where it fell millennia before. Chubb was a witness to some of the pioneering days of archeology, and reading this memoir is like a step back in time. ...more
Aug 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
maybe because i am Egyptian that kind of books isn't SO AMAZING. I couldnt even find it interesting or make u want to keep reading ...more
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