C.W. Ceram visualized archaeology as a wonderful combination of high adventure, romance, history, and scholarship, and this book, a chronicle of man's search for his past, reads like a dramatic narrative. We travel with Heinrich Schliemann as he unearths the remains of the ancient city of Troy. We share the excitement of Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter as they first glimpse the riches of Tutankhamen's tomb, of George Smith when he found the abicent clay tablets that contained the records of the Biblical Flood. Here is much of the history of civilization and the stories of the men who rediscovered it.