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Mummies of Ürümchi
     

Mummies of Ürümchi

by Elizabeth Wayland Barber
 

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ISBN-10: 0393320197

ISBN-13: 9780393320190

Pub. Date: 04/28/2000

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

In the museums of Ürümchi, the windswept regional capital of the Uyghur Autonomous Region (also known as Chinese Turkestan), a collection of ancient mummies lies at the center of an enormous mystery.
Some of Ürümchi's mummies date back as far as 4,000 years—contemporary with the famous Egyptian mummies but even more beautifully preserved

Overview

In the museums of Ürümchi, the windswept regional capital of the Uyghur Autonomous Region (also known as Chinese Turkestan), a collection of ancient mummies lies at the center of an enormous mystery.
Some of Ürümchi's mummies date back as far as 4,000 years—contemporary with the famous Egyptian mummies but even more beautifully preserved. Surprisingly, these prehistoric people are not Asian but Caucasoid—tall, large-nosed and blond with thick beards and round eyes. What were these blond Caucasians doing in the heart of Asia? What language did they speak? Might they be related to a "lost tribe" known from later inscriptions? Few clues are offered by their pottery or tools, but their clothes—woolens that rarely survive more than a few centuries—have been preserved as brightly hued as the day they were woven. Elizabeth Wayland Barber describes these remarkable mummies and their clothing, and deduces their path to this remote, forbidding place. The result is a book like no other—a fascinating unveiling of an ancient, exotic, nearly forgotten world. A finalist for the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393320190
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
921,762
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Mystery Mummies
2. A Man with Ten Hats
3. Plus Three Women and aBaby
4. The "Beauty of Loulan"
5. The Early Explorers
6. Tokharians and Other Hairy Barbarians
7. Hami and Hallstatt
8. The Oasis Hoppers and Their Kin
9. Pulses in the Heart of a Continent
10. Sands of the Silk Road, Sands of Time
Notes on Sources
Bibliography
Index

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