Mummies of Urumchi by Elizabeth Wayland Barber
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Mummies of Urumchi
By Elizabeth Wayland Barber

The Mummies of Urumchi

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Mummies of Urumchi by Elizabeth Wayland Barber

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Some 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 Details

ISBN: 9780393320190
ISBN-10: 0393320197
Format: Paperback
(236mm x 178mm x 17mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 12-Apr-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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"A fascinating history of ... [a craft] that preceded and made possible civilization itself." -New York Times Book Review

Prehistoric Textiles by Elizabeth Wayland Barber Prehistoric Textiles, Paperback (December 1992)

Provides information on the origins and early development of textiles in Europe and the Near East. Using linguistic techniques, along with methods from palaeobiology and other fields, this book shows that spinning and pattern weaving began far earlier than has been supposed. It tells how it was more culturally significant to prehistoric cultures.

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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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