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Mummies, Disease and Ancient Cultures - Thomas Aidan Cockburn

Mummies, Disease and Ancient Cultures

By: Thomas Aidan Cockburn (Editor), Eve Cockburn (Editor), Theodore A. Reyman (Editor)

Paperback Published: 29th June 1998
ISBN: 9780521589543
Number Of Pages: 428

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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 by use of a variety of complex techniques (as with the ancient Egyptians), 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.

' ... 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

Introduction Aidan Cockburn
Mummies of Egypt
Mummies of ancient Egypt
Disease in ancient Egypt
Dental health in ancient Egypt
A classic mummy: PUM II Aidan Cockburn
ROM I: mummification for the common people
Egyptian mummification with evisceration per ano
Mummies of the Americas
Mummies and mummification practices in the southwestern and southern United States
Aleutian and Alaskan mummies
Mummies of Peru
South American mummies: culture and disease
Mummies of the World
Bog bodies of Denmark and northwestern
Mummies of Italy, North Africa and the Canary Islands
Mummification in Australia and Melanesia
Mummies from Japan and China
Mummies from cold regions
Mummies and Technology
New investigative techniques
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ISBN: 9780521589543
ISBN-10: 0521589541
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 428
Published: 29th June 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.64 x 18.8  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised