Egyptian Mummies

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Thirty centuries ago most of the mummified bodies now lying linen-wrapped in the British Museum werealive in ancient Egypt. Why did the Egyptians try to preserve their dead for eternity? How did they achieve it? Carol Andrews answers these questions in a fully illustrated account of how mummies were made, the religious beliefs which lay behind this practice, the ornate coffins and elaborate tombs which housed the bodies and the grave goods which accompanied them. She explains how animals also came to be embalmed and relates the curious role assumed by Egyptian mummies in European culture and mythology.

Carol Andrews, formerly a member of the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum, has visited Egypt on many occasions, often as a Guest Lecturer. She is author of a number of books including The Rosetta Stone, Ancient Egyptian Jewellery and Amulets of Ancient Egypt.

With 90 illustrations, 45 in colour.

Product details

Format: Paperback, 96 pages

Dimensions: 18.8 x 24.5 x 1cm

Publisher: The British Museum Press

ISBN: 0-7141-2139-8