The stories behind Egyptian mummies in museums

By Angela Stienne



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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6189-5
  • Pages: 320
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: June 2022
  • BIC Category: Anthropology, History, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, HISTORY / Europe / France, ART / Museum Studies, Museum, Historic Sites, Gallery & Art Guides, Society & social sciences / Material culture, Ancient Egypt, Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects / Museology & heritage studies


Mummified explores the curious, unsettling and controversial cases of mummies held in French and British museums. From powdered mummies eaten as medicine to mummies unrolled in public, dissected for race studies and DNA-tested in modern laboratories, there is a lot more to these ancient remains than first meets the eye. This book takes you on a journey from Paris to London, Leicester and Manchester, from the apothecaries of the Middle Ages to the dissecting tables of the eighteenth century, and finally behind the screen of today's computers, to revisit the stories of these bodies that have fascinated Europeans for so long.

Mummified investigates matters of life and death, of collecting and viewing, and of interactions - sometimes violent and sometimes emotional - that question the essence of what makes us human.


'Stienne's book is important because it takes seriously the perspective of the observer rather than attempting to reconstitute the ancient person. This results in some fascinating and genuinely insightful reflections on the reception of the ancient Egyptian dead in museums.'
Campbell Price, Curator of Egypt and Sudan, Manchester Museum


Foreword by John J. Johnston
1 The mummy as medicine, the mummy in medicine
2 The displayed mummy, the displaced body
3 Mummies buried in a garden, and other incidents
4 The mummy's foot
5 Mummies unrolled
6 The white mummy
7 The white mummy returns
8 The mummy of the future
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Dr Angela Stienne is a cultural historian, museum researcher and storyteller. In 2016 she created the website Mummy Stories, which aims to reshape the discussion around human remains in museums by collecting people's stories of their own encounters.

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