National Geographic Society
Egypt: Secrets of the Ancient World is devoted to the exploration of the major archeological sites found in the Nile River Valley. The primary focus is on the Pyramids, which are covered extensively in the featured section - Interactive Adventures: Explore the Pyramids. An overview establishes the Pyramids' place in ancient Egyptian society. The history of their construction is delineated from the primitive efforts represented by the early mounds to the apogee of their prominence, followed by the subsequent decline after the erection of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Accompanying this information is a timeline of ancient Egyptian history and numerous photographs and drawings enhanced with Flash-animation. Another section, Expedition: Ancient Egypt, follows a National Geographic journalist and photographer on a four-day tour of the archeological heartland of Egypt. Nancy Gupton's journal gives a personalized view that enhances the gorgeous photo gallery by evoking the feelings engendered by visits to these ancient areas. The sites included in Gupton's account are the Great Pyramid, the Sphinx, the Temple of Luxor, and the Valley of Kings. Another major section of Egypt: Secrets of the Ancient World is News Stories. Although the stories all date from 2001 and 2002, they do provide valuable information about archeologists' efforts to uncover and analyze Egyptian antiquities. This Web site makes considerable use of other sites under the National Geographic umbrella, and the result is sometimes confusing navigation and difficulty in returning to the home page. This weakness, however, is offset by the wealth of materials included, making it an important resource for those studying Ancient Egypt.