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on 26 February 2003
As an Egyptologist I am always sceptical about the content of any book with a glossy cover glamourously featuring the pyramids or any other item of famed treasure, half expecting the author to present themselves as another Graham Hancock.
However, 'The Mummy in Ancient Egypt: Equipping the Dead for Eternity', is not only a highly resourceful reference book for Egyptologists studying the material aspects of funerary religion in ancient Egypt, but also makes a fantastic read (and I add accurate at this point - there is very little of the glamourisation so often encountered in popular books and television series which falsify the true essence of Egyptology) for the general reader. If one is simply interested in learning something about ancient Egyptian funerary art or the religious ideas behind mummification then this book is a really good place to start. The information provided is reliable and presented in an interesting and easy to understand manner.
It is not only incredibly well illustrated with photographs and drawings of mummies, jewellery, masks, coffins, sarcophagi and canopic equipment, but has large colour plates of the finest artefacts.
It also discusses the development of mummification, amulets and jewellery, masks, coffins, sarcophagi and canopic equipment and their varying visual forms and the religious beliefs behind their iconography.
I really can't find a way to express the value this book, which is so interesting to read and highlights many of the issues that makes Egyptology so interesting to the general reader, yet it also provides ample evidence for the scholar.
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on 9 June 2013
I am currently studying an Egyptology course and this book was recommended by my lecturer who has worked with both the authors. I consider it to be an excellent publication, and also very readable for someone with previous knowledge of mummification/funerary culture.

I bought this book 2nd hand from Black Gull Books (via Amazon) and was delighted with the "almost new" condition.
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on 7 March 2003
As an Egyptologist I am always sceptical about the content of any book with a glossy cover glamourously featuring the pyramids or any other item of famed treasure, half expecting the author to present themselves as another Graham Hancock.
However, 'The Mummy in Ancient Egypt: Equipping the Dead for Eternity', is not only a highly resourceful reference book for Egyptologists studying the material aspects of funerary religion in ancient Egypt, but also makes a fantastic read (and I add accurate at this point - there is very little of the glamourisation so often encountered in popular books and television series which falsify the true essence of Egyptology) for the general reader. If one is simply interested in learning something about ancient Egyptian funerary art or the religious ideas behind mummification then this book is a really good place to start. The information provided is reliable and presented in an interesting and easy to understand manner.
It is not only incredibly well illustrated with photographs and drawings of mummies, jewellery, masks, coffins, sarcophagi and canopic equipment, but has large colour plates of the finest artefacts.
It also discusses the development of mummification, amulets and jewellery, masks, coffins, sarcophagi and canopic equipment and their varying visual forms and the religious beliefs behind their iconography.
I really can't find a way to express the value this book, which is so interesting to read and highlights many of the issues that makes Egyptology so interesting to the general reader, yet it also provides ample evidence for the scholar.
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