by Stephane Compoint

Abrams, $19.95, 77 pages

Prepare for the armchair vacation of a lifetime. Travel with archaeologists as they discover lost civilizations, ancient animals and wonders of the world. Stephane Compoint (author, journalist and photographer) takes readers on a global scavenger hunt in Buried Treasure: Uncovering Secrets of the Past. Your itinerary includes a stop in Alexandria where artifacts have been submerged and intact for fifteen centuries on the ocean floor! View photos that document how colossal statues were raised from the sea. Next stop; Easter Island. How did those giant human shaped stones get there? Mummies from Egypt are next on the itinerary.

See how researchers use science and technology to learn about these ancient people. What’s next? Dinosaurs of Mongolia, a sunken city, the search for a mythic blue bear in Alaska and a dive under the North Pole ice caps! Readers of any age will be inspired by the dedicated word of archaeologists and scientists as they make discoveries that bring ancient civilizations and animals to light. Compoint’s book reminds us that cultures of the past have played a crucial role in the shaping of today’s society. Enjoy your armchair exploration of the world.

Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin