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When science journalist Heather Pringle was dispatched to a remote part of northern Chile to cover a little-known scientific conference, she found herself in the midst of the most passionate gathering of her working life – dozens of mummy experts lodged in a rambling seaside hotel, battling over the implications of their latest discoveries. Infected with their mania, Pringle spent the next year circling the globe, stopping in to visit the leading scientists so she could see firsthand the breathtaking delicacy and unexpected importance of their work.

In The Mummy Congress, she recounts the intriguing findings from her travels, bringing to life the hitherto unknown worlds of the long-dead, and revealing what mummies have to tell us about ourselves.

Review:

"An engrossing discussion, lurid title aside, of mummies: how they're made, where they're found, what scientists and historians learn from them....The author has done her homework, revealing a subject far more complex and interesting than it might seem at first." Kirkus

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"Pringle's mummy experts are livelier than a crypt full of stacked corpses. This is high praise given how successfully the author animates the dead in this delightfully macabre piece of mortuary globe-trotting....Pringle's mummies and the men and women who love them make for fascinating and lively reading; this book is sure to have, as they say, a very long shelf life." Publishers Weekly

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"...Heather Pringle has done a remarkable job. I read The Mummy Congress with scarcely a pause." Evan S. Connell, author of Son of the Morning Star

Review:

"...It has been joked that mummy congresses are meetings of mummies, not about mummies. Heather Pringle certainly dispels that notion." Niels Lynnerup, co-organizer of the upcoming World Congress on Mummy Studies

Review:

"Science writing at its best. The riveting story of intrepid researchers who reconstruct the dead." Paul Hoffman, author of The Man Who Loved Only Numbers

Review:

"Pringle is a crackshot storyteller...Her writing is clear, direct and intense." New York Times Book Review

Book News Annotation:

Pringle, an archaeological and anthropological reporter and author, writes a lively description of the results of her year-long journey around the world visiting leading scientists involved in the excavation, examination, and study of "the everlasting dead," from the lifelike remains of medieval Italian saints to preserved bog bodies in the Netherlands and frozen Inca princesses.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

An acclaimed journalist unravels the mysteries of mummies by following the scientists who devote their lives to studying them. The World Congress on Mummy Studies brings together mummy experts from all over the world and airs their latest findings. 16-page color insert.

Synopsis:

Now available in paperback--The Mummy Congress is "clear, direct and intense . . . all the stories sparkle. Pringle is a crack-shot storyteller." --New York Times Book Review

Perhaps the most eccentric of all scientific meetings, the World Congress on Mummy Studies brings together mummy experts from all over the globe and airs their latest findings. Who are these scientists, and what draws them to this morbid yet captivating field? The Mummy Congress, written by acclaimed science journalist Heather Pringle, examines not just the world of mummies, but also the people obsessed with them.

About the Author

Heather Pringle is a journalist and writer who has written on archaeology and ancient cultures in numerous magazines including Discover, National Geographic Traveler, New Scientist, Science, and Geo. She is also the author of two books, including In Search of Ancient North America. She lives in Vancouver, Canada.

Table of Contents

The Congress — The dissector's knife — Hosts — Drug barons — Crime stories — Invaders from the West — Master race — The merchants of mummy — Celebrites — The incorruptibles — Despots — Children — Self-preservation — Coda.

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crowyhead, August 29, 2006 (view all comments by crowyhead)
After Heather Pringle attended the Mummy Congress, an academic convention for the archaeologists and others who specialize in the study of mummified humans, she was so fascinated that she sought out experts in the field to help satisfy her curiosity about mummies. Along the way, she also reflects on why we are so fascinated by mummies, and what that fascination has historically meant for the treatment of mummified humans. This is a really interesting book, since it reveals the scope of mummy research -- mummies aren't just in Egypt, they have been found all over the globe. Sometimes I was frustrated because I really wanted to spend more time on the individual cases, but since it's sort of an overview of the field it's not possible to cover everything there is to know about the various archaeological sites. I recommend this if you have an interest in archaeology and share my fascination with eerily well-preserved human remains.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780786865512
Subtitle:
Science, Obsession, and the Everlasting Dead
Author:
Pringle, Heather
Publisher:
Hyperion
Location:
New York
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Anthropology - Physical
Subject:
Body, human
Subject:
Death & Dying
Subject:
Physical anthropology
Subject:
Mummies
Subject:
Forensic anthropology
Subject:
Human remains
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series Volume:
105-37
Publication Date:
20020619
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 x 1 in 1.13 lb
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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Product details 384 pages Hyperion Books - English 9780786865512 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An engrossing discussion, lurid title aside, of mummies: how they're made, where they're found, what scientists and historians learn from them....The author has done her homework, revealing a subject far more complex and interesting than it might seem at first."
"Review" by , "Pringle's mummy experts are livelier than a crypt full of stacked corpses. This is high praise given how successfully the author animates the dead in this delightfully macabre piece of mortuary globe-trotting....Pringle's mummies and the men and women who love them make for fascinating and lively reading; this book is sure to have, as they say, a very long shelf life."
"Review" by , "...Heather Pringle has done a remarkable job. I read The Mummy Congress with scarcely a pause."
"Review" by , "...It has been joked that mummy congresses are meetings of mummies, not about mummies. Heather Pringle certainly dispels that notion."
"Review" by , "Science writing at its best. The riveting story of intrepid researchers who reconstruct the dead."
"Review" by , "Pringle is a crackshot storyteller...Her writing is clear, direct and intense."
"Synopsis" by , An acclaimed journalist unravels the mysteries of mummies by following the scientists who devote their lives to studying them. The World Congress on Mummy Studies brings together mummy experts from all over the world and airs their latest findings. 16-page color insert.
"Synopsis" by , Now available in paperback--The Mummy Congress is "clear, direct and intense . . . all the stories sparkle. Pringle is a crack-shot storyteller." --New York Times Book Review

Perhaps the most eccentric of all scientific meetings, the World Congress on Mummy Studies brings together mummy experts from all over the globe and airs their latest findings. Who are these scientists, and what draws them to this morbid yet captivating field? The Mummy Congress, written by acclaimed science journalist Heather Pringle, examines not just the world of mummies, but also the people obsessed with them.

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