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The Mummies of Urumchi Paperback – April 17, 2000
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What sets these mummies out from others is their probable ethinicity. The author displays with great lucidity the thesis that these people were not Asian at all, but rather were closely related to the Celts.
She does this by covering a wide range of available evidence, such as funeral practices, cloth, and language, as well as looking at the geography of the region and exptraploating as to how it may have affected the patterns of settlement three thousand years ago or more. At the end, I was convinced by her arguments, and in the process gained a better appreciation of the Celts, whom I had assumed I understood reasonably well. This is only possible because of the author's breadth of knowledge and research, well presented in a sparsely worded style.
This book is a great combination of popular science and academic sholarship. I like it the more as the author has the intellectual honesty to admit the points on which her thesis may be lacking in evidence. This does much to inspire confidence in the work as a whole.
Having just finished reading Tournament of Shadows, I prefer this book for its coverage of the Tarim River basin by far.
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In Elizabeth Barber's "The Mummies of Urumchi", we get an analysis of the Tarim Basin caucasian mummies of western China. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stone Dog
Slightly dry writing, but I wanted to know more aobut these mummies of European origin that were found in China. Fascinating story, the facts seem right.Published 16 months ago by M. Pelland
Love this ... not only great research and information, but a narrative that is interesting and pulls one forward through the book.Published on July 18, 2014 by L. Dusseault
Fascinating reading. In another lifetime I surely will be an anthropologist and be researching things like this. Read morePublished on June 23, 2014 by Frances J Nelson
This is a good book to start with if you want some basic knowledge of 'European' peoples in East Central Asia, but for me it is more about textiles and the like than any really... Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by T. S. C.
Having been intrigued with archaeology and having a love affair with textiles for many years, I found this book to be very interesting on both levels. Read morePublished on September 28, 2012 by Spikola
I am self taught in Hebrew and have raised Icelandic Sheep, spun and spindled .. I was interested to compare 1."cloth now and then" excellent report .. Read morePublished on November 28, 2011 by Noche
I am not an expert in textiles, so I can't verify this information and it IS an 11 year old book at this time, maybe more information has come to light, but I sure enjoyed the... Read morePublished on November 15, 2010 by Rowan
Okay, not a novel: this is an investigation into the facts. The facts are thousands of years old. The detective work is brand new. Read morePublished on October 28, 2009 by W. Vouk