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H 297 x W 210 mm

269 pages

Illustrated throughout in black & white with 7 colour plates

Published May 2015

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784911102

Digital: 9781784911119

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Archaeopress Egyptology 9

Prepared for Eternity

A study of human embalming techniques in ancient Egypt using computerised tomography scans of mummies

By Robert Loynes

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This publication brings together personal analyses of sixty CT scans of ancient Egyptian human mummies collected from many museums throughout the UK and continental Europe. The effect is that of performing 'virtual autopsies' ('virtopsies') allowing techniques of mummification to be examined.



Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Methods Chapter Three: Results – General Chapter Four: Results – The Head Chapter Five: Results – The Trunk Chapter Six: Results - Treatment of the skin, subcutaneous tissues and position of the arms Chapter Seven: Results related to Demographics and Palaeopathology Chapter Eight: Discussion of mummification techniques related to era, geographic location and age at death Chapter Nine: Discussion of specific mummification techniques Chapter Ten: Conclusions Bibliography Appendix I: Museums and other institutions contacted