I Want My Mummy!

As a youth nearly everyone goes through an Egyptology phase, right?

Well, mine never really went away, though it did morph into something a bit different. No longer intrigued by pictographic writing, or ceremonies dedicated to sun gods, now I'm just fascinated with human fruit leathers, people pickled in bogs, or dehydrated on steppes, MUMMIES! There is a touring exhibition going around the US right now called Mummies of the World. Currently the exhibition is in Salt Lake City, UT until the end of May and I am keeping my fingers crossed that it comes to Denver!

So for my fellow mummyphiles here's a smattering of books from our collection:

Tales Mummies Tell "Generously illustrated with photographs ranging from gruesome to starkly beautiful" (from flap). Yup, that pretty much sums up my enamoredness (that's right I said enamoredness) with mummies: gruesome and starkly beautiful

Wrapped for Eternity: the Story of the Egyptian Mummy This book contains fascinating stories as diverse as the careful, meticulous and considerate unwrapping of an unwanted mummy in the late 1980s to the brash and disastrously clumsy antics of an amateur Egyptologist in the late 1800s. Filled with facts and trivia that will impress your friends.

The Mummies of Ürümchi An amazing account of the Caucasian mummies that were found on the steppes of China, some of the oldest and best preserved mummies ever encountered.

Some more fascinating titles from our collection:

The Encyclopedia of Mummies

The Life and Death of a Druid Prince: the Story of the Lindow Man, an archaelogical sensation

Bog Mummies: Preserved in Peat

Iceman: Uncovering the Life and Times of a Prehistoric Man Found in an Alpine Glacier

Mummies: Dried, Tanned, Drained, Frozen, Embalmed, Stuffed, Wrapped, and Smoked-- and We're dead Serious

Ice Mummies: Frozen in Time

If you search our databases you can find many more interesting articles about the Lindow Man, bog people or any other mummy types that suit your fancy!

PS, Happy Mother's Day!

Written by Emily on May 2, 2013


Cathy on May 2, 2013


I'm a huge, huge Elizabeth Wayland Barber fan and am so glad you mentioned Mummies of Urumchi! What are those bodies DOING wearing plaid in the midst of the Taklamakan Desert and sporting red hair no less? Fascinating. I was also happy to see that DPL has a copy of P.V. Glob's The Bog People: Iron Age Man Preserved. As I remember it, the book reads like poetry. Two wonderful books for mummy and textile lovers. Thanks for the post!


Yes Cathy! so cool and fascinating. I can't believe how much information she was able to gather from such an insular place

Laurie. on May 6, 2013


Thanks for the great blog! I especially like the ethics page the exhibitors provide for Mummies of the World.

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