Mummies Of Urumchi by Elizabeth Wayland BarberMummies Of Urumchi by Elizabeth Wayland Barber

Mummies Of Urumchi

byElizabeth Wayland Barber

Paperback | May 2, 2000

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Some of Ürümchi's mummies date back as far as 4,000 years—contemporary with the famous Egyptian mummies but even more 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 more 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.
Elizabeth Wayland Barber is the author of Women’s Work and The Mummies of Ürümchi. Professor emerita of archaeology and linguistics at Occidental College, she lives in California.
Title:Mummies Of UrumchiFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 7 × 0.61 inPublished:May 2, 2000Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393320197

ISBN - 13:9780393320190


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Four thousand-year-old mummies lie in the museums of Urumchi, the capital of the Uyghur Autonomous Region. They are young compared to ancient Egyptian mummies, and even more beautifully preserved. While you might expect to find Asian mummies, they’re Caucasian – tall, large-nosed and blond. But what were these Caucasians doing in the heart of Asia? What language did they speak? Elizabeth Wayland Barber provides a fascinating look at a forgotten, mysterious world in The Mummies of Urumchi.