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The Mummies of Urumchi Hardcover – 5 Feb 1999

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; First Edition edition (5 Feb. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333730240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333730249
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 586,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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