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    The Virtual Mummy (Paperback) By (author) Sarah Underhill Wisseman

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    Description"The Virtual Mummy" is a thoroughly readable introduction to the nondestructive techniques used by contemporary researchers to analyze the artifacts and culture of ancient Egypt. It tells the captivating story of the "virtual unwrapping" of an Egyptian mummy and the interdisciplinary project that allowed researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to investigate the person inside by way of an autopsy performed by computer. The mummy, acquired by the university's Spurlock Museum in 1989, was from the Fayum region of Egypt and is dated to about 100 a.d. Although other mummy projects have used destructive analytical techniques, the Spurlock mummy was never even unwrapped. Minute samples of loose material were taken for dating and for textile and wood analysis without affecting the integrity or display quality of the artifact. Faculty and staff members from area hospitals and University of Illinois departments including classics, anthropology, chemistry, textile sciences, and entomology were recruited by the Program on Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials for the project. The interdisciplinary team implemented a research plan that relied on medical imaging techniques including X rays and CT scans. They also utilized for the first time in the history of mummy research a Cray II supercomputer - at the university's National Center for Supercomputing Applications - to render three-dimensional images of the mummy's skull and body. Replete with illustrations, Sarah U. Wisseman's engaging chronicle of teamwork and research gives readers the chance to experience how ancient history melded with contemporary technology. "The Virtual Mummy" also includes a review of the development of mummification and a general history of mummy research.


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    Title
    The Virtual Mummy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sarah Underhill Wisseman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 84
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 8 mm
    Weight: 113 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780252071003
    ISBN 10: 025207100X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAE
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBJH
    DC21: 932
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    DC22: 932
    Ingram Theme: CULT/NAFRIC
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Abridged Dewey: 932
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 55
    BISAC V2.8: HIS009000, HIS002030
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAE
    B&T Approval Code: A15503030
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: DT62.M7 W57 2003
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: DT62.M7 W5
    Thema V1.0: NHC, NHHA
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations
    Publisher
    University of Illinois Press
    Imprint name
    University of Illinois Press
    Publication date
    01 January 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore
    Review quote
    ADVANCE PRAISE "The Virtual Mummy is just the kind of guide the layperson needs through the world of mummy studies. It describes and explains the various high-tech methods used to study mummies in both a detailed and enjoyable manner." -- Bob Brier, author of Egyptian Mummies