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Mummy In Ancient Egypt [Hardcover]

Salima Ikram
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Book Description

June 1 1998
A complete guide to the ancient Egyptian way of death. Mummies are synonymous with ancient Egypt and have long gripped the popular imagination through highly publicized archaeological discoveries and macabre horror films. For the ancient Egyptians, however, mummification was essential to secure eternal life. So too was a full set of magical "machinery," comprising at its most elaborate a chapel, a sarcophagus, coffins, masks, amulets, jewelry, furniture, ritual objects, and canopic jars (the containers for mummified intestines). This fascinating, fully illustrated account surveys the entire panoply of Egyptian burial practices over 3000 years. It first examines burial rites and tomb development, from the Giza pyramids to the underground chambers in the Valley of the Kings. Great discoveries are described, including the earliest explorations of Tutankhamun's magnificent tomb and the most recent detective work using X-rays and CAT scans. The second part of the book provides the most detailed survey ever of burial practices during the pharaonic era. Working from the mummy outwards, Salima Ikram and Aidan Dodson reveal the evolution of methods for treating the body, wrapping it, adorning it, and sheltering it. They give for the first time a comprehensive account of the development of mummy masks, coffins, sarcophagi, and canopic equipment. All the latest research on the subject is incorporated, some carried out by the authors themselves. The book's exceptional reference section includes descriptions of every known royal mummy, and a 700-entry bibliography that lists every significant work on the subject. With hundreds of photographs and specially drawn diagrams, this is the most authoritative publication ever on the Egyptian way of death.

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Salima Ikram is Assistant Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo. Aidan Dodson is Visiting Fellow in Archaeology at the University of Bristol.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The one essential book on Egyptian mummies Oct. 2 2005
This is an outstanding book. It is written in a very readable style and it covered all the questions that my family and friends (all keenly interested in ancient Egypt) wanted answered. Ikram and Dodson have a high reputation as professional Egyptologists (they are professors of Egyptology at the universities of Cairo and Bristol respectively)and they write with obvious knowledge and indeed love of their subject. Incidentally, Ikram has established a special room for animal mummies in the Egyptian museum in Cairo, the first of its kind in the world.
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This book delivers on what it promises--It is a readable and fascinating book on Egyptian funeral practices (mummies, sarcophagi, accoutrements, etc.), and how they changed over thousands of years. There is a useful appendix with a table summarizing how different aspects of funeral practice changed over the course of Egyptian civilization. The photography is excellent, though some of the illustrations of the mummies themselves are a bit spooky!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful Oct. 8 2000
By Seti
Those who are interested in Ancient Egyptian mummification practices will find this book fascinating. Each aspect of the funerary practices is described in great depth, following its development through different periods of Egyptian history. It is a very detailed account, with lots of illustrations. Absolutely great analysis of the royal mummies; fascinating photos - which, I admit, might gross some people out, but that what makes them so great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and very interesting Feb. 15 2000
This is a wonderful book for anyone interested in Ancient Egypt. Lots of pictures. The book should be of interest both to the general public with a vague curiosity about mummies and to egyptologists who want to learn more about the latest research in this area.
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This is a very interesting book with excellent illustrations and very informative. It is a hard book to put down. It is highly recommended even for someone who has a slight interest in the subject of mummification.
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