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Barber, one the world's leading authorities on ancient textiles, delves into one of the deepest mysteries of archaeology. In what is now known as Chinese Turkestan were found mummies as old as 4,000 years, contemporary with the famous Egyptian mummies but better preserved. Especially notable are their woolen clothes, still bright colored, which loom large in the absence of other information about the six-foot blond Caucasians who they were and why they were in the heart of Asia. Barber pieces together their sheepherding life, their history, their western connections, and their path to the remote and mysterious place. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The 2000-year-old mummies of Ürümchi, found in central Asia along the famed Silk Road trading route, are so well preserved as to show clearly that they seem to be of Caucasoid origin. Where did these people come from? Where did they go? You can find their pale-skinned, light-haired descendents among the people of the region, but the story of their presence in this forbidding land leaves more mysteries than it answers. Mass migrations during the Bronze Age scattered many peoples across Europe and Asia, and these startlingly lively-looking mummies may help answer some questions about this period of human history. Their intact, fantastically colored and patterned clothing captures much of author Elizabeth Wayland Barber's attention--she is an expert on prehistoric textiles. Her enthusiastic descriptions of the sewing skills of these migrant people, while focusing on details, lend an immediacy to this fascinating tale. Black-and-white as well as color photos, maps, and diagrams illustrate Barber's colorful tale of anthropology. --Therese Littleton
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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.

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  • PublisherW W Norton & Co Inc
  • Publication date1999
  • ISBN 10 0393045218
  • ISBN 13 9780393045215
  • BindingHardcover
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  • Number of pages240
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