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Mummies and Their Mysteries

By (author) Charlotte Wilcox
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Young Library, Reading, United Kingdom
Published: 28th Sep 1995
Dimensions: w 250mm h 220mm
ISBN-10: 185429038X
ISBN-13: 9781854290380
Barcode No: 9781854290380

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"You may have mixed feelings about seeing a mummy," writes the author of Trash! (1988) and A Skyscraper Story (1990); but "remember that a mummy, though once really alive, is now really dead." Suggesting that mummies be viewed with respect rather than jokes or revulsion (though she's not above an occasional joke herself - one hideous specimen is labeled "Miss Chile"), Wilcox uses examples from around the world to show what can be learned from them: why many Egyptian mummies have badly worn teeth; why so few Incan men were found at the burial site near Pisco; what killed members of the 1845 Franklin expedition in northern Canada; the wealth of cultural detail preserved with the bog people; a 5000-year-old hunter recently discovered in the Italian Alps. Wilcox describes the process of mummification, both accidental and deliberate (some Japanese Buddhist priests did it to themselves), and concludes with a look at modern mummies, including a gold-plated cat. Plenty of well-chosen color photos add meat to the bones, both enhancing the lively text and inducing delicious shudders. Glossary; brief list of places to visit; index. (Kirkus Reviews)