Divine Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt by Salima IkramDivine Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt by Salima Ikram

Divine Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt

EditorSalima Ikram

Paperback | November 14, 2015

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The invention of mummification enabled the ancient Egyptians to preserve the bodies not only of humans but also of animals, so that they could live forever. Mummified animals are of four different types: food offerings, pets, sacred animals, and votive offerings. For the first time, a series of studies on the different types of animal mummies, the methods of mummification, and the animal cemeteries located at sites throughout Egypt are drawn together in a definitive volume on ancient Egyptian animal mummies. Studies of these animals provide information not only about the fauna of the country, and indirectly, its climate, but also about animal domestication, veterinary practices, human nutrition, mummification technology, and the religious practices of the ancient Egyptians. A new postscript is included in this paperback edition, taking account of the latest discoveries and research.Contributors: Edda Bresciani, Aidan Dodson, Salima Ikram, Dieter Kessler, Abd el-Halim Nur el-Din, Paul Nicholson, Donald Redford, Susan Redford, Roger Lichtenberg, and Alain Zivie.
Salima Ikram is professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, and has worked in Egypt since 1986. She has directed the Animal Mummy Project, co-directed the Predynastic Gallery project, and has served as co-director and subsequently director of the North Kharga Oasis Survey. Ikram has worked on several excavations throu...
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Title:Divine Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient EgyptFormat:PaperbackDimensions:316 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 0.68 inPublished:November 14, 2015Publisher:The American University in Cairo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9774166965

ISBN - 13:9789774166969

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"Easy to read and shatters a few myths along the way. This book explains all, is an excellent read, and is full of good up-to date and interesting details. A large bibliography enables those who want to research the subject further to find the right titles and authors." --Ancient Egypt