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Mummies and death in Egypt

Author: Françoise Dunand; Roger Lichtenberg
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2006.
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" Mummies are the things that fascinate us most about ancient Egypt. But what are mummies? How did the Egyptians create them? And why? What became of the people they once were? We are learning more all the time about the cultural processes surrounding mummification and the medical characteristics of ancient Egyptian mummies. In the first part of Mummies and Death in Egypt Francoise Dunand gives an overview of the  Read more...
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Dunand, Françoise.
Mummies and death in Egypt.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2006
(OCoLC)607719826
Online version:
Dunand, Françoise.
Mummies and death in Egypt.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2006
(OCoLC)607871610
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Françoise Dunand; Roger Lichtenberg
ISBN: 9780801444722 0801444721
OCLC Number: 70114569
Description: xiii, 234 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. Mummification : from this life to the next --
From prehistory to the first two dynasties --
The old kingdom --
The middle kingdom --
The new kingdom --
The later stages of Pharaonic history --
The Graeco-Roman period --
The passage from this life to the next --
Animal mummies --
The last mummies --
pt. 2. Mummification and science --
Historical background --
Methods of studying mummies --
Mummies in museums --
Mummies at excavation sites --
What we learn from mummies --
Conclusion --
Appendix : Royal (and other) mummies.
Other Titles: Momies et la mort en Egypte.
Responsibility: Françoise Dunand, Roger Lichtenberg ; foreword by Jean Yoyotte ; translated from the French by David Lorton.
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" Mummies are the things that fascinate us most about ancient Egypt. But what are mummies? How did the Egyptians create them? And why? What became of the people they once were? We are learning more all the time about the cultural processes surrounding mummification and the medical characteristics of ancient Egyptian mummies. In the first part of Mummies and Death in Egypt Francoise Dunand gives an overview of the history of mummification in Egypt from the prehistoric to the Roman period. She thoroughly describes the preparations of the dead (tombs and their furnishings, funerary offerings, ornamentation of the corpse, coffins, and canopic jars), and she includes a separate chapter on the mummification of animals. She links these various practices and behaviors to the religious beliefs of classical Egypt. In the second part of this book, Roger Lichtenberg, a physician and archaeologist, offers a fascinating narrative of his forensic research on mummies, much of it conducted with a portable X-ray machine on archaeological digs. His findings have revealed new information on the ages of the mummified, their causes of death, and the illnesses and injuries they suffered. Together, Dunand and Lichtenberg provide a state-of-the-art account of the science of mummification and its social and religious context."--Publisher's website.

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