Egyptian MummiesPaperback Shire Egyptology
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- Publisher: SHIRE PUBLICATIONS LTD
- Format: Paperback | 64 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 210mm x 5mm | 150g
- Publication date: 4 March 2008
- Publication City/Country: Buckinghamshire
- ISBN 10: 0852639449
- ISBN 13: 9780852639443
- Edition: 2, Revised
- Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
- Illustrations note: 49 b/w pls and figs
- Sales rank: 692,663
A concise history of the development of the process of mummification in ancient Egypt. It commences with the burial practices of Predynastic times and then goes through the material evidence for mummification from the Early Dynastic Period to its decline in Roman times. The discussion of the mummies of each period is set in the contect of the prevailing funerary customs, and a description of the funeral and the refined methods used in the New Kingdom is given. There is a section on the practice of animal mummification in the later periods. The book ends with an updated chapter that summarises the modern research into the subject from Greek times up to the present day.
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The late Barbara Adams became interested in ancient Egyptian mummies as a child. After starting her museum career at the Natural History Museum in the Entomology and Palaeontology departments, she moved to the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology at University College London, where is was the Research Curator. Her interest in Egyptian archaeology expanded to cover all types of artefacts and led her to participation in fieldwork at the site of Hierakonpolis in Upper Egypt, where is co-directed the excavations.
Table of contents
Predynastic and Early Dynastic; Old Kingdom; Middle Kingdom; Mummification and the funeral in the New Kingdom; Second Intermediate and New Kingdom; Twenty-first Dynasty and later periods; Modern studies and bibliography; Museums to visit.