Mummification Show Notes

Hello All!

Here are some resources for those wishing to delve a bit further into death and mummification.

Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt, by Jan Assmann (translated by David Lorton). This is a my favorite treatment of death in ancient Egypt. Its definitely scholarly, and focuses more on the conception of death and the afterlife than mummification and burial practices, but I think it is accessible enough for most readers who interested in ancient Egypt.

Death and Burial in Ancient Egypt, by Salima Ikram. Salima is the world’s foremost expert on the art of mummification and she has even done some experimental mummification herself.

The Mummy in Ancient Egypt: Equipping the Dead for Eternity, by Salima Ikram and Aidan Dodson. Another good book by Salima. This focuses more purposefully on the mummification and burial–but it will have some content overlap with Death and Burial in Ancient Egypt. I would recommend starting with one or the other first.

Burial Customs in Ancient Egypt: Life in Death for Rich and Poor, by Wolfram Grajetzki. This book provides a wider view of burial customs, instead of focusing solely on royal tombs and wealthy burials.

Egyptian Mummies and Modern Science, by Rosalie David. This is a more scholarly work, but will be of interest to those interested in the more scientific techniques currently employed by scientists to study mummies (DNA, palaeopathology, conservation, etc.).

2 thoughts on “Mummification Show Notes”

  1. Would you consider doing a show on excavating in Egypt — how do you know where to start digging? Permissions? Tools and equipment? How often do you find something relative to time spent looking? Financing? Dig conditions at the site? Etc. thank you!

  2. Love the podcasts! I write in the area of history of alchemy which bumps into Egypt quite a bit. You mentioned once you might tackle Rebel in the Soul. I hope you will be able to do so some day. My other work in depth psychology introduced me to the text some years ago and it has always fascinated me. Thanks for the really excellent quality of your podcasts!

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