Earthly Remains

Earthly Remains

The History and Science of Preserved Human Bodies

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The preserved remains of other human beings hold a special fascination for the living. Earthly Remains explores the history and science behind such phenomena and examine cases ranging from ancient Egyptian mummies to twentieth-century politicians, from Iron Age bog bodies to cryonics andmodern preservation techniques. After explaining the scientific processes of decay, the authors move on to discuss the bog bodies of northern Europe, including the famous Lindow Man and several Danish examples, many of which were found mutilated or handicapped. The authors then turn their attentionto one of the oldest methods of preservation-mummification-looking not only at famous ancient Egyptian examples, but also at the earliest known mummies of the Chinchorro people from South America. The preservation of bodies as a result of environmental factors such as freezing is also addressed, andthe painstaking scientific processes involved in unearthing and interpreting finds such as those at Pompeii and Sutton Hoo is described. Finally, this study would not be complete without a look at modern preservation methods and humanity's perennial search for immortality through techniques such as cryonics, cloning, DNA and suspended animation. Extensively illustrated with haunting images gathered from the collections of culturalinstitutions around the world, such as the British Museum, Earthly Remains is a compelling book that will appeal to everyone's sense of mystery in the history and origins of our ancestors.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, c2001
ISBN: 9780195218527
Branch Call Number: 393.3 Cha
Characteristics: 207 p. : ill. (some col.) 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Pearson, Michael Parker 1957-


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