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The Scientific Study of Mummies

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ISBN-13: 978-0521818261
ISBN-10: 0521818265
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"This is one of the best texts ever on mummy studies. It is well written, indexed, profusely illustrated and comprehensive. A great work at a great value." Journal of the American Association of Forensic Dentists

"...impressive and informative...Aufderheide deserves great credit for his tremendous contribution to a field of study touching upon so many areas of medicine." Journal of the American Medical Association

"The Scientific Study of Mummies is a veritable encyclopaedia of mummies and of mummy-research projects. Arthur C. Aufderheide is uniquely equipped to write such a book, having personally dissected more than 500 mummies.... this book should be required reading for any serious researcher on the sometimes gory but always fascinating subject of mummies and what they can teach us about human beliefs and behavior." Nature

"This compelling 625-page magnum opus, destined to become a classic, is an authoritative reference work.... Essential." Choice

Book Description

Many cultures have attempted to stop the decay of human and other bodies after death, but spontaneously mummified bodies are also found. By careful scientific study, much can be learned of the lives, deaths and health of the individuals to whom these remains belong. Covering how and why people preserve bodies, natural mummification, mummies worldwide, study methods and conservation, this lavishly illustrated work written by one of the leading researchers in the field will quickly become the major reference in paleopathology, archaeology and anthropology.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 626 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 13, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521818265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521818261
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.5 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,109,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has beautiful images, is well organized, and has an amazing depth of information.
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Over 500 pages of fascinating information on all forms of mummification, from different eras and from ancient cultures around the world. It far exceeded my expectations and it a perfect addition to my library as I study anthropology & archeology. I bought the book for data and references to use in a term paper, but I have no doubt that I'll get a lot of use out of this volume. My archaeology professor was impressed with it, and if it gets his approval, I know I've made an excellent choice. That, and I practically had to wrestle it back from him :) Highly recommended for the serious archaeology and/or anthropology student, or for those who simply find mummies as fascinating as I do.
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There is an incredible amount of information in this book, which is not surprising considering Dr. Aufderheide's credentials and extraordinary amount of research. If you are interested in mummies or paleopathology, this is undoubtedly THE book to have.
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Got this for a class. It's definitely a scholarly tome with technical language, not a sit-down-and-read-for-hours-for-fun book, but it covers a wide range of mummies and every related issue.
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