Mummies, Disease and Ancient Cultures

Mummies, Disease and Ancient Cultures


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To look upon a mummy is to come face to face with our past. This book presents the story of mummification as a practice worldwide. Mummies have been found on every continent, some deliberately preserved as with the ancient Egyptians using a variety of complex techniques, others accidentally by dry baking heat, intense cold and ice, or by tanning in peat bogs. By examining these preserved humans, we can get profound insights into the lives, health, culture and deaths of individuals and populations long gone. The first edition of this book was acclaimed as a classic. This readable new edition builds on these foundations, investigating the fantastic new findings in South America, Europe and the Far East. It will be a 'must-have' volume for anyone working in paleopathology and a fascinating read for all those interested in anthropology, archaeology, and the history of medicine.

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  • Paperback | 428 pages
  • 188 x 242 x 32mm | 898.11g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 146 b/w illus. 23 tables
  • 0521589541
  • 9780521589543
  • 1,248,238

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' ... this book reads well, with a good balance being struck between laboured description and a superficial skim: it is easy to forget than one is reading for learning rather than entertainment.' C. H. Hoyle, Endeavour

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