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Egyptian mummies

Author: Carol Andrews; British Museum.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd ed., reprinted 2004View all editions and formats
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Thirty centuries ago most of the mummified bodies now lying linen-wrapped in the British Museum were alive in ancient Egypt. Why did the Egyptians try to preserve their dead for eternity? How did they achieve it? Carol Andrews (formerly a member of the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum) answers these questions in a fully illustrated account of how mummies were made, the religious beliefs which  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carol Andrews; British Museum.
ISBN: 0674013913 9780674013919
OCLC Number: 55762809
Notes: On cover: British Museum.
Description: 96 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: 1 Why mummies? --
2 How mummies were made --
3 Jewellery and amulets --
4 Coffins and sarcophagi --
5 Funerals, tombs and burial equipment --
6 Animal and historical mummies --
7 Mummies and Europe --
Further reading --
The Dynasties of Egypt --
Index to the collection; numbers of objects.
Responsibility: Carol Andrews.

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Thirty centuries ago most of the mummified bodies now lying linen-wrapped in the British Museum were alive in ancient Egypt. Why did the Egyptians try to preserve their dead for eternity? How did they achieve it? Carol Andrews (formerly a member of the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum) answers these questions in a fully illustrated account of how mummies were made, the religious beliefs which lay behind this practice, the ornate coffins and elaborate tombs which housed the bodies and the grave goods which accompanied them. She explains how animals also came to be embalmed and relates the curious role assumed by Egyptian mummies in European culture and mythology. -- from Back Cover.

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