The Archaeology Book, The Wonders of Creation Series   -     By: David Down
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Master Books / 2009 / Hardcover

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Lobbying for a reformating of archaeological findings to fit into a strict biblical chronology, short chapters look at Egypt, Hittites, Ur, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Petra, The Phoenicians, The Dead Sea Scrolls, and Israel. Written by Australian missionary David Down, short excerpts of his travels are included as well. Full-color pages with photographs of the sites and artifacts; 96 pages with glossary & index; hardcover.

This leveled book can be used in three ways: The yellow area features the basics to be read by everyone, and is written at a 5th-6th grade level; the grayish area is for 7th & 8th grades, and the text on white background is for 9th-11th grade.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: Master Books
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 11.00 X 8.50 X 0.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0890515735
ISBN-13: 9780890515730
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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,

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  1. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A great resource...
    July 24, 2012
    Declared Unto Him
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The imagery, along with the historical science, makes this book resource worthy. Mr. Down is definitely skilled in his field area, and the quality of this work is very similar to his other books, Unwrapping the Pharaoh's and Unveiling the Kings of Israel. The Archaeology Book is great alone or as part of the Wonders of Creation series and it is written with multi-level learning in mind. A study guide is also available for purchase. I think it would be a welcomed addition to any learning room!
  2. PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 14, 2011
    Lady of the Castle
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I just received this in the mail and I'm very satisfied with this book. I have been looking it over and it is very readable for many ages. As I write that, I don't see any reason this couldn't be used for 12th grade "with" other books/curriculum as we will be doing. This has short interesting facts through out the book that will not bore you. When you buy the book, it gives you information on how to get a free study guide. I will be reading this book in the next days ahead.
  3. Ontario, Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent book
    October 24, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I bought this for our Sunday School library and it is great to find a book suitable for older children. It is good quality, the text and pictures are readable and interesting, and especially the information is presented in a way that will build children's faith in the Bible. Now I want to buy the other books in this series.
  4. Cottage Grove, MN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book to teach kids about ANE archaeology!
    October 19, 2010
    Shaun Tabatt
    Cottage Grove, MN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As a kid, I had many backyard archaeological adventures, that in my childhood mind rivaled the excitement of the most recent Indiana Jones movie. Fortunately, my love of archaeology was more than just a passing boyhood fascination. It is an interest and passion that has stuck with me all the way into adulthood. Being somewhat of a self-proclaimed Bible nerd, archaeology of the Ancient Near East has always been a pet subject. As a homeschooling father, I have been searching for age appropriate resources to introduce my children to the exciting history and archaeology of the peoples of the Ancient Near East. Unfortunately my college archaeology textbooks just won't do as they are way too wordy for my 8 year old and don't have nearly enough pictures (let alone color pictures) for my 5 year old. For some time now, I have been on the lookout for a book with engaging color pictures, maps and drawings as well as biblically-relevant content that is accessible for a broad range of age groups. The Archaeology Book published by Master Books is exactly the type of resource I have been looking for.

    The Archaeology Book is the latest addition to the Wonders of Creation series. One distinct enhancement in this book over previous books in the series is that the chapters have been organized with three educational levels in mind. Level 1 content is coded yellow and is appropriate for 5th-6th graders, level 2 content is coded blue/gray and is appropriate for 7-8th graders, and level 3 content is coded white and is appropriate for 9th-11th graders. I believe this change enhances the return on investment for this book, allowing it to be more effectively used across multiple grade levels. A more detailed explanation of this new layout is found on page 5 of the book. I expect this layout will be also be utilized for future books in the Wonders of Creation series.

    This book is by no means small, coming in at just under one hundred pages. The topics are divided across eleven chapters. Topics covered include:

    * Chapter 1: What Archaeology is all About

    * Chapter 2: Land of Egypt

    * Chapter 3: The Hittites

    * Chapter 4: Assyria

    * Chapter 6: Babylon: City of Gold

    * Chapter 7: Persia

    * Chapter 8: Petra

    * Chapter 9: The Phoenicians

    * Chapter 10: The Dead Sea Scrolls

    * Chapter 11: Israel

    Each chapter begins with five questions related to the who, what where, why and how of the chapter's topic. This is especially useful for letting readers know the key information they should be watching for as they work through the chapter. There are many words used in the book that may be new to younger readers. Each of the chapters with especially difficult or unique words includes a list of key terms (i.e. words to know). Definitions for these words can be found in the glossary / index on pages 94-95 at the back of the book.

    From beginning to end, readers of all ages will be captivated by the numerous full-color photos, maps, and detailed drawings found throughout the entire book. Children and adults will come away from this book with a better appreciation for the archaeology and history of the peoples of the Ancient ear East. I especially appreciated that David Down makes a good case for how the biblical record fits well with the ongoing discoveries being made in Ancient Near Eastern archaeology. He does an excellent job of putting the people groups in a biblical context, relating biblical accounts of the many people groups mentioned throughout the book. Based on the new content organizational structure, the general age range for this book is fifth through eleventh grades. While this is the target age range, my children as young as five listened intently and enjoyed the many pictures. We will be using The Archaeology Book as supplemental material for year one of Tapestry of Grace homeschool curriculum. If you are planning on incorporating The Archaeology Book into your homeschooling curriculum, you will want to download a copy of the great printable study guide that is available as a free PDF on the Master Books web site.

    Author Information:

    David Down has experienced the wonders of archaeological discoveries in Egypt, the Middle East and Israel for over 48 years. David shares his latest discoveries in a monthly archaeology journal called "Diggings," and a bi-monthly magazine called "Archaeological Diggings" produced and distributed in the United States.


    This book was provided by Master Books for review. The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    May 11, 2010
    Debbie @ Genre Reviews
    "The Archaeology Book" is educational nonfiction with a focus on Bible-related archaeology. The full-color photographs of ancient ruins, digs, etc., were lovely, and the maps were useful. I liked the "David Downs Journal" sections which told of his experiences while on digs. There was a glossary in the back, though most words were either explained in the text or could be figured out from the context.The book started with information on archaeology, like how a dig is laid out, what archaeologists look for, what that tells them, how layers are given a date, and why there can be controversy among archaeologists about the interpretation of a find. Then the book covered various Middle Eastern civilizations: Israel, Egypt, the Hittites, Ur, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Petra, and the Phoenicians. It told how the civilization was "found" again by archaeologists, where the civilization was located, and information about those kings mentioned in the Bible or Biblical events related to that civilization. (For those who care, the author's alignment of ancient civilizations to the Bible was based on Courville's & Velikovsky's ideas.)There was a section on the Dead Sea Scrolls. He described how critics said the Bible was full of copying errors, so I was very surprised and disappointed that he never explained that the Dead Sea Scrolls showed how accurately the Bible had been copied over thousands of years.Overall, the information was very good and was presented in an easy-to-understand and interesting fashion. The book as a whole seemed appropriate for grades 5-8. Personally, I'd recommend ignoring the colored backgrounds, letting the child read the whole thing, and helping anytime they have trouble.I'd recommend this book as an interesting introduction to Biblical archaeology for tweens on long as the reader also takes time to learn about how the Dead Sea Scrolls confirm the Bible's accuracy.I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
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