Since the major archaeological excavations of the ninteenth
century, we have been fascinated by the mummies of ancient Egypt.
Written in an authoritative yet accessible tone, this essential
resource provides an information-packed overview of royal mummies.
The text describes the ancient Egyptians' belief in the afterlife
and how mummification ensured their bodies were preserved for
eternity. Revealing the secrets of the embalming room, the meaning
of the amulets found with mummies, and the ornate splendor of the
mummies themselves, this volume explores all facets of a practice
that lasted for more than 3,000 years, starting around 2,500 B.C.
Spotlighting such renowned examples of well-preserved mummies as
Tutankhamen, Seti I and Ramses the Great, 200 color photographs
depict the ornate sarcophagi, hieroglyphics, and amulets that add
to the mystique of the mummy. With a foreword by Zahi Hawass,
widely recognized as the world's foremost Egyptologist, this volume
is required reading for students of archaeology and anyone
intrigued by the history of ancient Egypt.