Surveys current knowledge about the preservation of corpses in Egyptian antiquity, from the simple embalming procedures practiced during the earlier dynasties to the highly sophisticated techniques developed over more than three millennia of ancient Egyptian culture. Illustrations show mummy masks and cases, as well as amulets and other artifacts that were buried with the deceased. The text describes how radiological technology, antibody research, DNA and simulated reconstruction, and spatial analyses through 3D computer images have expanded the knowledge of mummies. A map and chronology are included. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.