Mummies, Disease and Ancient Cultures / Edition 2

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521589543
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 394
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword; Preface; Introduction Aidan Cockburn; Part I. Mummies of Egypt: 1. Mummies of ancient Egypt William H. Peck; 2, Disease in ancient Egypt A.T. Sandison and Edmund Tapp; 3. Dental health in ancient Egypt James E. Harris, Paul V. Ponitz and Brian Ingalls; 4. A classic mummy: PUM II Aidan Cockburn, Robin A. Barraco, William H. Peck and Theodore A. Reyman; 5. ROM I: mummification for the common people Nicholas B. Millet, Gerald D. Hart, Theodore A. Reyman, Michael R. Zimmerman and Peter K. Lewin; 6. Egyptian mummification with evisceration per ano Theodore A. Reymam and William H. Peck; Part II. Mummies of the Americas: 7. Mummies and mummification practices in the southwestern and southern United States Mahmoud Y. El-Najjar, Thomas M. J. Mulinski and Karl J. Reinhard; 8. Aleutian and Alaskan mummies Michael R. Zimmerman; 9. Mummies of Peru James M. Vreeland Jr; 10. South American mummies: culture and disease Bernardo Arriaza, Felipe Cárdenas-Arroyo, Ekkehard Kleiss and James W. Verano; Part III. Mummies of the World: 11. Bog bodies of Denmark and northwestern Europe Christian Fischer; 12. Mummies of Italy, North Africa and the Canary Islands Antonio Ascenzi, Paolo Bianco, Gino Fornaciari and Conrado Rodríguez Martín; 13. Mummification in Australia and Melanesia Graeme L. Pretty and Angela Calder; 14. Mummies from Japan and China Kiyohiko Sakurai, Tamotsu Ogata, Iwataro Morimoto, Peng Long-xiang and Wu Zhong-bi; 15. Mummies from cold regions J. P. Hart-Hansen; Part IV. Mummies and Technology: 16. New investigative techniques Theodore A. Reyman, Henrik Nielsen, Derek N. H. Notman, Karl J. Reinhard, Edmund Tapp and Tony Waldron; Index.

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