The Mummies of Urumchi
By (author) Elizabeth Wayland Barber
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Mummies of Urumchi by Elizabeth Wayland Barber
Book DescriptionSome of Urumchi'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 clothes-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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393320190
(236mm x 178mm x 17mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 12-Apr-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Elizabeth Wayland Barber
Dancing Goddesses, Paperback (April 2014)
A fascinating exploration of an ancient system of beliefs and its links to the evolution of dance.
Resplendent Dress from Southeastern Europe, Paperback (March 2013)
In the past, girls from rural southeastern Europe spent their childhoods weaving, sewing, and embroidering festive dress so that upon reaching puberty they could join the Sunday afternoon village dances garbed in resplendent attire. This book features fifty nineteenth - and twentieth-century ensembles from Macedonia, Croatia, and Albania.
When They Severed Earth from Sky, Paperback (September 2006)
Why were Prometheus and Loki envisioned as chained to rocks? What was the Golden Calf? Why are mirrors believed to carry bad luck? This book shows that myths originally transmitted real information about real events and observations, preserving the information sometimes for millennia within nonliterate societies.
Women's Work, Paperback (January 1996)» View all books by Elizabeth Wayland Barber
"A fascinating history of ... [a craft] that preceded and made possible civilization itself." -New York Times Book Review
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Author Biography - Elizabeth Wayland Barber
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.
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