Archaeology and Ancient Egypt
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October  2015
316 pp.
100 illus. incl. 60 in color 
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17X24 cm
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ISBN 9789774166969
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Divine Creatures

Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt Edited by Salima Ikram

A new look at animals and the afterlife in ancient Egypt, in an updated paperback edition

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.
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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 throughout Egypt as well as in Turkey, Sudan, and Greece, and she is currently very involved with the preservation and presentation of cultural heritage. She is the author of Death and Burial in Ancient Egypt (AUC Press, 2015).

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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 magazine<br><br>

“One of the most important resources dealing with the animal mummies of ancient Egypt.”—Andrew Wade, Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities

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