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96 pages
Mar 2010
Master Books

The Archaeology Book (Wonders of Creation Series)

by David Down

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If the Bible is true, shouldn’t archaeologists find some evidence of it? In The Archaeology Book, David Down shares some of that evidence in a multi-level book for students from grade five through adulthood.

The cover is attractive enough for the book to be a coffee table book. Filled with interesting and lovely photographs and drawings, The Archaeology Book has chapters on what an archaeologist does, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and nine biblical cultures from Egypt to Persia.

Down divides the book into yellow sections for fifth and sixth grades, gray sections for seventh and eighth grade, and white sections for older levels. Also, many pages have a beige section which carries a journal entry from one of Down’s archaeological digs. This colorful design gives the pages a crazy-quilt look but allows students to read at their level. The text is very readable, informative, and interesting, unlike your average history or science textbook. The journal entries give it a personal touch.

Down takes a strong biblical position and explains seeming discrepancies between some archaeological interpretations and the Bible, as one would expect from Master Books. One thing that I deeply appreciated was his maintaining the use of B.C. and A.D. in his dating rather than the updated secularized versions of B.C.E. and C.E.

This does not look much like a textbook—too colorful, too interesting—but each chapter begins with a box containing questions asking who, what, where, when, and why for that chapter. You can also download a free study guide at to accompany the book. It includes words to remember, questions, and activities, such as making an Egyptian brick or tracing your family tree.

I enjoyed reading the book, and my fourth grader nabbed it when I wasn’t looking and read all of the journal entries before I found out what had happened to the book. She wants to look at it more, which will be great.

This enjoyable, fascinating book belongs in homes, home schools, church schools, and libraries. It is a good science and history book but is also interesting reading. I could see it being used as part of a Sunday school or youth group Bible study on the various biblical cultures. Highly recommended. Debbie Wilson,

Book Jacket:

Developed with three educational levels in mind, The Archaeology Book takes you on an exciting exploration of history and ancient cultures. You'll learn both the techniques of the archaeologist and the accounts of some of the richest discoveries of the Middle East that demonstrate the accuracy and historicity of the Bible. In The Archaeology Book you will unearth: How archaeologists know what life was like in the past; Why broken pottery can tell more than gold or treasure can; Some of the difficulties in dating ancient artifacts; How the brilliance of ancient cultures demonstrates God's creation; History of ancient cultures, including the Hittites, Babylonians, and Egyptians; The early development of the alphabet and its impact on discovery; The numerous archaeological finds that confirm biblical history; Why the Dead Sea scrolls are considered such a vital breakthrough. Filled with vivid full-color photos, detailed drawings, and maps, you will have access to some of the greatest biblical mysteries ever uncovered. With the enhanced educational format of this book and the unique color-coded, multi-age design, it allows the ease of teaching the fundamentals of archaeology through complex insights to three distinct grade levels. Level 1 Grades 5-6; Level 2 Grades 7-8; Level 3 Grades 9-11