The World of Mummies

B2160

The author is a well-established specialist in the study of mummies and his original work has been translated into English by Cordula Werschkun. The translated version reads well and is likely to be error-free. Mummies have long prompted wide interest, and some horror, with the Egyptian mummies being arguably the most famous. What many readers may not know before reading this book is how the discovery of mummified remains stretches around the world and through the ages. Not all of these mummified remains were deliberately created by a complex process of human preparation. This book provides a comprehensive review of the natural and artificial processes with a range of examples indicating the distribution of ‘finds’. This may be the most extensive reference book to have been published on this intriguing subject.

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NAME: The World of Mummies
DATE: 180315
FILE: R2160
AUTHOR: Albert Zink
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 141
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Human remains, natural preservation, mummification processes, dating, decomposition, arid conditions, drying, chemicals, religious significance, societies
ISBN: 1-78346-370-8
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DESCRIPTION: The author is a well-established specialist in the study of mummies and his original work has been translated into English by Cordula Werschkun. The translated version reads well and is likely to be error-free. Mummies have long prompted wide interest, and some horror, with the Egyptian mummies being arguably the most famous. What many readers may not know before reading this book is how the discovery of mummified remains stretches around the world and through the ages. Not all of these mummified remains were deliberately created by a complex process of human preparation. This book provides a comprehensive review of the natural and artificial processes with a range of examples indicating the distribution of ‘finds’. This may be the most extensive reference book to have been published on this intriguing subject.

The oldest mummies to have been discovered are nearly 9,000 years old and the most recent include Lenin and Evita Peron. There is significant variation in how these remains were preserved and includes natural preservation in ice. Much older examples may yet to be discovered and some archaeologists have speculated that the discovery of mammoths in the Siberian ice could in time produce similarly preserved human remains.

The author has provided an explanation of the different processes. Ancient mummies may not all have been deliberately mummified and in South America there is some indication that some mummies were simply left in burial grounds and dried naturally because of the climatic conditions. There is also continuing speculation as to the reasons for mummification. In some societies there is documented evidence that the deliberate and careful mummification was intended to preserve bodies for a new existence in the afterlife, as part of the complex religions that had developed in those societies. In the main, mummies are in-articulated, but the body of Evita Peron was preserved with full articulation of joints.

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