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The Mummies of Urumchi

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Some of Ürümchi's mummies date back as far as 4,000 years--contemporary with the famous Egyptian mummies but even more beautifully preserved. Surprisingly, these prehistoric people are not Asian but Caucasoid--tall, large-nosed and blond with thick beards and round eyes. What were these blond Caucasians doing in the heart of Asia? What language did they speak? Might they be related to a "lost tribe" known from later inscriptions? Few clues are offered by their pottery or tools, but their --woolens that rarely survive more than a few centuries--have been preserved as brightly hued as the day they were woven. Elizabeth Wayland Barber describes these remarkable mummies and their clothing, and deduces their path to this remote, forbidding place. The result is a book like no other--a fascinating unveiling of an ancient, exotic, nearly forgotten world. A finalist for the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize.

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In the museums of Ürümchi, the windswept regional capital of the Uyghur Autonomous Region (also known as Chinese Turkestan), a collection of ancient mummies lies at the center of an enormous mystery.

Synopsis:

An absorbing exploration of the mysterious, perfectly preserved Caucasian mummies of western China--an informative unveiling of an ancient and exotic world. 16 pp. of color photos. 50 drawings. Author lectures.

About the Author

Elizabeth Wayland Barber teaches linguistics and archaeology at Occidental College in California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393320190
Author:
Barber, Elizabeth Wayland
Author:
Barber, E. J. W.
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Anthropology - Physical
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Bronze age
Subject:
Mummies -- China -- Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu.
Subject:
Bronze age -- China -- Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu.
Subject:
Archaeology-General
Publication Date:
20000431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illustrated
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.3 x 7 x 0.6 in 0.95 lb

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Physical
History and Social Science » Archaeology » Asia General
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Product details 256 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393320190 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In the museums of Ürümchi, the windswept regional capital of the Uyghur Autonomous Region (also known as Chinese Turkestan), a collection of ancient mummies lies at the center of an enormous mystery.
"Synopsis" by , An absorbing exploration of the mysterious, perfectly preserved Caucasian mummies of western China--an informative unveiling of an ancient and exotic world. 16 pp. of color photos. 50 drawings. Author lectures.
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