The Scientific Study of Mummies (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Scientific Study of Mummies Lavishly illustrated 2003 reference volume on mummies and what can be learned from them worldwide.
- Published: 13 January 2011
- Format: Paperback 634 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521177351 ISBN 10: 0521177359
- Sales rank: 723,931
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Full description for The Scientific Study of Mummies
The fact that bodies decay after death has concerned humans throughout the ages. Many cultures have attempted to arrest this decay, so that bodies are preserved (or mummified) in a state as near to life as possible, but spontaneously mummified bodies are also found. Mummies are being studied increasingly to answer questions about the health, social standing and beliefs of the population from whence they came, and the lessons that they have for modern populations. Originally published in 2003, this authoritative reference work explores why people mummify bodies and the mechanisms by which they are preserved, details study methods and surveys the myriad examples that can be found worldwide, evaluates the use and abuse of mummified bodies throughout the ages, and how mummified remains can be conserved for the future. Lavishly illustrated, The Scientific Study of Mummies will be of value to all those interested in paleopathology, archaeology and anthropology.