Ancient lives, new discoveries

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  • The accompanying title to the major interactive exhibition at the British Museum: Ancient lives, new discoveries.

    What secrets lie beneath the wrappings of an ancient Egyptian mummy?

    In recent years, British Museum curators have collaborated with scientists and medical experts to find new ways of studying ancient Egyptian mummies. New non- invasive scanning techniques have produced astonishing results, allowing us to understand more clearly how people lived and died in the ancient Nile Valley.

    Eight significant mummies are ‘explored’, each carefully selected to tell a different story. They include a young female temple singer, an unknown man of high status, and a child from the Roman era.

    CT scans have revealed a wealth of information, such as the health problems that the individual must have suffered during life, age at death and sometimes cause of death, the manner of mummification and on occasion irregularities in the process.

    Funerary objects are also highlighted for context: for example, contents of canopic jars; analyses of embalming substances, and identification of wood species and pigment types used in coffins. The majority of the material is drawn from the British Museum’s extensive Egypt and Sudan collections.

    With over 200 specially commissioned photographs, Ancient lives, new discoveries is a thorough and informative read.

    Authors

    John H. Taylor is a curator at the British Museum specializing in ancient Egyptian funerary archaeology. He is the author of numerous books including Journey through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, Mummy: the Inside Story, Spells for Eternity and Egyptian Mummies.

    Daniel Antoine is responsible for the Museum’s human remains collection. His areas of expertise include the anatomy of the human skeleton, ancient diseases and hard tissue biology.

  • Product code: cmc19120
    Exhibition: Ancient lives
    World culture: Ancient Egypt
    Title: Ancient Lives, new discoveries
    Subtitle: Eight mummies, eight stories
    Authors: John H. Taylor and Daniel Antoine
    ISBN: 9780714119120
    Format: Paperback with flaps
    Number of pages: 192 pages
    Size: 25cm x 23cm
    llustrations: 225 colour illustrations
    Publication date: May 2014
    Weight: 0.9kg
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An opportunity to get up close and uniquely personal with long-dead, fellow humans.
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A fantastic catalogue providing further detailed insights into the exhibition.
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This is a fascinating book, and a must-read for all fans of egyptology.
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A superbly illustrated catalogue.
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Taylor and Antoine [the authors] have done a fantastic job with presenting us the personal side of mummification.
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This book explores the stories of eight people from ancient Egypt and Sudan using the latest CT-scanning technology.
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Combines expert new findings from the British Museum with striking photography.
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