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The Mummies of Ürümchi (1999)
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0393045218, Hardcover)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
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:24:18 -0400)
In 1994, the Western China well-preserved mummies dating back 2000 years were unearthed what these six-foot-tall, fair haired caucasian people were doing in China. Barber structures as a mystery, revealing information piecemeal until she presents her conclusion.
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