The Mummies of r mchi Some of r mchi s mummies date back as far as years contemporary with the famous Egyptian mummies but even beautifully preserved Surprisingly these prehistoric people are not Asian but Caucasoid

  • Title: The Mummies of Ürümchi
  • Author: Elizabeth Wayland Barber
  • ISBN: 9780393320190
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Paperback
  • Some of r mchi s mummies date back as far as 4,000 years contemporary with the famous Egyptian mummies but even 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 beSome of r mchi s mummies date back as far as 4,000 years contemporary with the famous Egyptian mummies but even 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 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.

    Mummies of Ancient Egypt KingTutOne Discover Egyptian Mummies The Mummification Process How was a mummy prepared Find out how it was done Burial of the Mummy Read about the burial process of a mummy as it was prepared for its final resting place Examination of Mummies Mummies don t have to be unwrapped to be examined Read about the different techniques used in examining these ancient packages. Mummification Ancient Egypt Mummification The earliest ancient Egyptians buried their dead in small pits in the desert The heat and dryness of the sand dehydrated the bodies quickly, creating lifelike and natural mummies Later, the ancient Egyptians began burying their dead in coffins to protect them from wild animals in the desert. Tarim mummies The Tarim mummies are a series of mummies discovered in the Tarim Basin in present day Xinjiang, China, which date from BCE to the first centuries BCE The mummies, particularly the early ones, are frequently associated with the presence of the Indo European Tocharian languages in the Tarim Basin, although the evidence is not totally conclusive and many centuries separate these mummies Mummies NOVA PBS The royal mummies of ancient Egypt, such as the remarkably preserved body of Queen Nofretari, may be the most famous mummies in the world, but mummies come from various cultures and time periods. Mummification explore EGYPT Click on the coffin, the mummy and the objects to learn about them. Ancient Egyptian Mummies History for Kids Ancient Egyptian Mummies To understand Egyptian mummies you have to first know about their religious beliefs Ancient Egyptians believed in many gods and Mummies Paying It Forward Mummies Paying it Forward is a Sydney based community group supporting local charities that help vulnerable people We collect donations of new and pre loved items such as clothing, toys and toiletries and distribute them directly to our charities. Here Come the Mummies Home page of Here Come The Mummies, a funk group from Nashville, TN Mummy Madness Test Your Knowledge Live Science Test your knowledge of mummies from Egypt and beyond. Gebelein predynastic mummies The Gebelein predynastic mummies are six naturally mummified bodies, dating to approximately BC from the Late Predynastic period of Ancient Egypt.They were the first complete predynastic bodies to be discovered The well preserved bodies were excavated at the end of the nineteenth century by Wallis Budge, the British Museum Keeper for Egyptology, from shallow sand graves near Gebelein

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    1. If you're an efficient-minded person, don't bother to read this review. Just go buy the book and read it immediately. I'd recommend you just get all of Barber's books. She is a rare talent--an amazing scholar who puts her learning to great practical use who can also write engaging, lovely prose.Just get all of her books while you're at the store. It'll save you valuable time that could be spent pouring over Barber's writing.This particular book explains the discovery of and research on some anci [...]

    2. The Mummies of Ürümchi is (a) an intricate discourse on textile production of the first few millennia b.c. (I will never take cloth for granted again!); (b) a compelling reassemblage of Central Asian linguistic history; (c) an expansive depiction of the effects of geography and ecology on lifestyle; and (d) very accessibly written - Elizabeth Wayland Barber chooses apt descriptive metaphors to illustrate her points and she keeps her analysis rolling like a good story. And these attributes all [...]

    3. This book is like a detective story in which the hero is an expert in ancient textiles, except that she's also the author.The mystery is, why are 4000-year old blond Caucasian people buried in a desert in (what is now) western China?The author employs linguistic and archaeological evidence, but what holds her analysis together and renders it fascinating is her dissection of the cloth these mummies were wearing. The cloth turns out to hold the key to the identity of these people - whose language, [...]

    4. I found this book in the library several years ago and was fascinated to learn of these well preserved mummies (some of them contemporary with the famous Egyptian mummies). In what is now a desert but was once an oasis of water and life in the Tarim basin north of the Himalayas these people were Caucasian-Asian. The most amazing thing was that there were textiles still intact and who better to write about them than Elizabeth Barber author of, among others, "Prehistoric textiles"? This book is th [...]

    5. Mummies found in the Northwestern region of China date back 4,000 years and are Caucasian. They are perfectly preserved (not shrunken like their contemporary Egyptian mummies) including their clothing. The book analyzes their textiles, the colors of their textiles and explores how these Caucasian people might have gotten there.

    6. This is something of a re-read. I was so impressed by Elizabeth Wayland Barber's book that I made a trip to Urumchi to see the mummies. When Elizabeth wrote the book it was surmised that the mummies were of (pure) European ancestry. Recent DNA studies have shown that they were of mixed European-Asian ancestry - like most Central Asians today.

    7. Loved this book and then went to visit Urumchi to see for myself. Indeed these mummies are everything Elizabeth had to say about them, but when you are really up close you can see a humanity to these folks that can't be captured even by excellent pictures and descriptions. The information in this well illustrated book is fascinating if people of the past interest you.

    8. A decent book on a little-covered subject. The author is especially interested in the textiles (which, admittedly, are awfully fascinating given their age) which can be a bit dry if you aren't so enthused about the difference between a twill and a double-hop stitch or the different kinds of looms, but that is all explained in pretty good depth so she doesn't talk over your head. The last few chapters summarize previous research on the Tarim/Taklamakan basins and the connections to both the middl [...]

    9. This is the second book by Elizabeth Wayland Barber that I've read in as many months and I'm off to start a third. Her writing is so accessible to a non-expert that it reads like a real life detective story, yet is so thorough and well-argued that it clearly is a professional monograph. She is trying to understand how 4,000-yr-old blond Caucasian mummies (even the women were over 6 feet tall!) came to be buried in a salty Central Asian desert. Exploring that question takes her deeply into lingui [...]

    10. In "The Mummies of Urumchi", Elizabeth Barber writes about the mummies found in the Tarim Basin of Urumchi. The mummies were an enormous mystery - some of the mummies date back as far as 4000 years ago, beautifully preserved. Surprisingly, these prehistoric people don't look asian but caucasoid. They are tall, large-nosed, and blond with thick beards and round eyes.The first chapters include detailed descriptions of mummies such as the man with then hats and the beauty of Loulan. The last few ch [...]

    11. Very interesting, mostly pretty accessible book about the archaeology and culture of prehistoric and some historic northwestern China. Centering mainly around the Tarim Basin near Urumchi, the current capital of Uyghur Xinjiang Autonomous Region in China. A fair number of connections to Altai, which is why I read it, but the author stays pretty heavily focused on the mummies, linguistics, and textiles of the region. The book has many photographs and drawings. The maps could use some serious help [...]

    12. I would recommend reading the hardback version rather than the paperback.e maps and photos are reduced to the point of uselessness. And some of the maps weren't that great to begin with.That said, this is a highly readable account. The detailed analysis is a visual one - based on close observation of how textiles were made and fashioned into garments. It does not contain a forensic analysis of the bodies themselves. It is a shame the book is being sold as a 'mystery' with the (possible) blue -ey [...]

    13. Barber uses the Urumchi mummies to launch an investigation into the cultural pre-history of Central Asia. She analyzes the textiles worn by the mummies in detail, but not in such a way that a person with no knowledge of weaving is confused. The augments this with linguistic analyses (she has degrees in both textile arts and linguistics) and discussions of the few textual records from before 1000 CE that describe this region. She manages to take a specialized topic - mummies discovered around Uru [...]

    14. this written by an alum of my school, who was the world expert on prehistoric textiles and worked with the identification of the mummies. She is an amazingly fascinating individual, and has shown us hand spinning on a spindle, weaving patterns, ancient and modern wooly sheep hair, loom whorls and weights, and ancient tartan plaids.Read this for the Westridge alum book club; author coming to meeting with slides and show & tellok is fascinating, well written, complex, intelligent, and easy to [...]

    15. A delightful and completely insane book, should be read with caution. I learned a lot about textiles in prehistoric cultures, which is what I hoped I would learn, as I had the presence of mind to check what the book is really about earlier - and I'm grateful I did, I could have been greatly disappointed otherwise. Viktor Sarianidi, who supposedly discovered traces of poppy, hemp and ephedra in the temples he excavated in Central Asia most likely commited scientific fraud or simply was wrong (tea [...]

    16. Amazing. This is a factual, non-fiction book, yet it explores physical evidence, linguistic and historical evidence for societies in and around the Tarim Basin in Western China, in something akin to a plot line. Every chapter is fascinating. There's beautiful glimpses of contemporary characters (the author, the bearded Urumchi archaeologist she works with) and amazing warm insights into human pre-history.

    17. I was lucky enough to find a used copy in Seattle, en route to Beijing and then to Urumqi itself! Tells an amazing story about Caucasian mummies from 4,000 years ago unearthed from the desert in far-western China: who they were, how they got there, what language they may have spoken, and what kind of clothes they wore (which give clues to the other questions). Even more amazing was to get to see them for myself, which gives a whole other meaning to "shock and awe."

    18. The book would more properly be called The Clothing of the Mummies of Urumchi, as that is Barber's area of specialization. Sadly, the book is repetitive to those who have read Woman's work, and the first hundred or so pages obsess about nothing but fabric. The rest is her tedious and often erroneous conjecture about the history of the period, offering very little insight into the lives of the people these mummies once were.

    19. It's been several years since I saw the mummies in the museum at Urumchi and I'm finally getting around to reading this fine archeological history. She builds the case for the origin of the peoples of the Tarim Basim like a detective, adding up clues from linguistics, weather, crafts, plants, and so on. An amazing synthesis of scholarship.

    20. A surprisingly interesting read, if one enjoys discussions of textiles and pre-history. The author looks at textile patterns and compares it to textiles from known cultures in an attempt to decipher who the mummies really were. As 6-foot, blue-eyed, red-haired humans living in modern-day western China, many have raised questions about their origins and descendants.

    21. There was actually very little in this book about the Caucasoid mummies found in western China. It should have been entitled "The Textiles Found on the Mummies of Urumchi". Fine for textile fans, but not for me.

    22. A really well written scholarly book conveying the excitement of finding mummies in deep Central Asia with Caucasian features, coloring, and highly sophisticated woven, felted and ornamented clothing. The author's discoveries turn our view on our ancient past on their side.

    23. This book is more about the textiles found with the mummies. Then on to deducing where and when the weavers came from in their migrations across mountains of ancient asia. It is most facinating, but I had to read it in bits to allow the ideas and theories to settle into my brain.

    24. Far, far too much in-depth analysis of ancient wool & felt-making techniques & far, far too little focus upon the mummies themselves. Mallory & Mair's book,'The Tarim Mummies' is a much better, more comprehensive treatment of the world of these mummies.

    25. Perfect if you're into textile history - it is quite a lot of that to begin with, but it is soon complemented with more general archaeology, geology and linguistics. It all adds up to an interesting study of the early people in a back-water part of today's China with a more Western origin.

    26. Decent overview of the possible origins of the Urumchi mummies. A little too specific on the anthropology/archaeology of textiles, and a little too general the rest of the time. Not bad though, but it leaves me seeking out more about them.

    27. Textiles and what they can tell us about the movements and lives of ancient peoples. Barber does a great job here, but my favorite of hers still is "Women's Work", perhaps because of the nature of the comparative discussion.

    28. One of my all time favorites, written in a very readable style and very informative. Introduced me to an interest in textiles and I'll probably never go back.

    29. This book discusses the mummies of Halstatt peoples found in the Uyghur Autonomous region of Western China, dating back 4,000 years. Can't wait to read it!

    30. I'd read this book a long time ago so just skimmed it this time. Would love to include this in a trip to China.

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