The Mummies of Urumchi. ELIZABETH WAYLAND BARBER.

The Mummies of Urumchi.

New York. Norton. (c. 1999). Stock ID #166505

Maps, including colour map lower dustjacket cover, black and white illustrations, frontispiece, 16 colour photographic plates, 240pp, notes, bibliography, index, front free endpaper little marked, very good hardback copy. 24 x 18cm.

"In the museums of Urumchi, the wind-swept regional capital of the Uyghur Autonomous Region in Western China, a collection of ancient mummies lay at the center of an enormous mystery. Some of Urumchi's mummies date back as far as 4,000 years - contemporary to the famous Egyptian mummies, but even more beautifully preserved, especially their clothing. Surprisingly, these prehistoric people are not Asian but Caucasoid. Few gifts are to be found in the graves of Urumchi, making it difficult for archaeologists to pinpoint cultural connections from clues offered by pottery and tools. But their clothes - woolens that rarely surive more than a few centuries - have been preserved as brightly hued as the day they were woven." (Publisher's description).

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