- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan; First Edition edition (5 Feb. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0333730240
- ISBN-13: 978-0333730249
- Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.8 x 2.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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The Mummies of Urumchi Hardcover – 5 Feb 1999
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The 2000-year-old mummies of Ürümchi, found in central Asia along the famed Silk Road trading route, are so well preserved as to show clearly that they seem to be of Caucasian origin. Where did these people come from? Where did they go? You can find their pale-skinned, light-haired descendants among the people of the region, but the story of their presence in this forbidding land leaves more mysteries than it answers. Mass migrations during the Bronze Age scattered many peoples across Europe and Asia, and these startlingly lively looking mummies may help answer some questions about this period of human history. Their intact, fantastically coloured and patterned clothing captures much of author Elizabeth Wayland Barber's attention--she is an expert on prehistoric textiles. Her enthusiastic descriptions of the sewing skills of these migrant people, while focusing on details, lend an immediacy to this fascinating tale. Black-and-white as well as colour photos, maps, and diagrams illustrate Barber's colourful tale of anthropology. --Therese Littleton, Amazon.com
About the Author
Elizabeth Wayland Barber is the author of Women's Work and The Mummies of Urumchi. Professor emerita of archaeology and linguistics at Occidental College, she lives in California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As such,Philology can teach us a lot about the past but it can also teach us about identity and thus I recommend this bulky book to Europeans for that reason,For their ancestors are here, Locked in the obscurity that followed the Christian censorship of ancestor worship,ironically normal to those pagan Ch'inese,Who were forced to build the great wall of old Ch'ina to keep the Iranian Scyths,Huns and Oigurs and their horse warrior ilk out,The latter of whose rowdy descendants have been rioting in the New territory or Shinjiang Oigur-If you interest yourself in Textiles,History,Ethnology,then this book has all of that and is also a revelatory read on some other counts,Such as in its description of the various techniques of weaving and so is a worthy addition to any well-read readers philosophical bookhoard-It's depth and detail will fulfill your curiosity.
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This was such an interesting and informative read. I highly recommend it.Published 10 months ago by Mary Harvey
Very interesting indeed. I am interested in ancient textiles. Lovely book by Elizabeth Barber. I would love to afford Prehistoric textiles by the same author.Published 13 months ago by Christine Mary Shelley
I was lent this by a friend and ended up having to buy my own copy I found it so interesting.Published on 17 Jun. 2013 by M. Steel
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