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The mummies of Ürümchi

Author: E J W Barber
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the museums of Urumchi, the wind-swept regional capital of the Uyghur Autonomous Region in Western China, a collection of ancient mummies date back as far as 4,000 years - contemporary to the famous Egyptian mummies, but even more beautifully preserved, especially their clothing. Surprisingly, these prehistoric people are not Asian but Caucasoid - tall and large-nosed and blond with thick beards and round eyes  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: E J W Barber
ISBN: 0393320197 9780393320190
OCLC Number: 48426519
Description: 240 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Contents: Mystery mummies --
A man with ten hats --
Plus three women and a baby --
The "beauty of Loulan" --
The early explorers --
Tokharians and other hairy barbarians --
Hami and Hallstatt --
The oasis hoppers and their kin --
Pulses in the heart of a continent --
Sands of the silk road, sands of time.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Wayland Barber.

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The mummies in the museums of Urumchi, the capital of the Uyghur Autonomous Region - also known as Chinese Turkestan - are dated back as far as 4000 years. But they are tall, blond and Caucasoid.  Read more...

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schema:reviewBody""In the museums of Urumchi, the wind-swept regional capital of the Uyghur Autonomous Region in Western China, a collection of ancient mummies date back as far as 4,000 years - contemporary to the famous Egyptian mummies, but even more beautifully preserved, especially their clothing. Surprisingly, these prehistoric people are not Asian but Caucasoid - tall and large-nosed and blond with thick beards and round eyes (probably blue). What were these blond Caucasians doing in the heart of Asia? Where did they come from and what language did they speak? Might they be related to a "lost tribe" of Indo-Europeans known from later inscriptions? Few gifts are to be found in the graves of Urumchi, making it difficult for archaeologists to pinpoint cultural connections from clues offered by pottery and tools. But their clothes - woolens that rarely survive more than a few centurieshave been preserved as brightly hued as the day they were woven." "Elizabeth Wayland Barber describes these remarkable mummies, their clothing, their sheepherding ways, and their path to this remote, mysterious, and forbidding place. She pieces together their history and peculiar Western connections from both what she saw in Urumchi and the testimony of explorers who traveled along the Silk Road a century earlier."--BOOK JACKET."
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