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X-Raying the Pharaohs
Harris, professor of dentistry, and Weeks, an American Egyptologist, report the preliminary findings of a project to x-ray the mummified Egyptians which commenced in 1965 under the auspices of the Michigan School of Dentistry. There's a lot to be learned from teeth and the Michigan team is well on its way to a social history of dentition which could well lead to major revi...more
Hardcover, 195 pages
Published January 1st 1973 by Macmillan Publishing Company
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A wonderful analysis of the "modern" way of examining Egypt's most delicate royal (and not-so-royal) artifacts. Complete with black and white photographs of early scientists and their efforts at delving beyond the mummy masks, this book is rich in detail and insight. You may just begin to want to become a radiologist (or even an odontologist) specializing in Egyptian mummies after you finish with this beautiful book.
Apr 28, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Egyptology fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
This is a popular, photographically illustrated exposition of the x-ray study of Egyptian mummies conducted by Egyptologist Weeks and dentist Harris. Teeth are the most perdurant part of the human body and the analysis of them and of other bones by means of x-ray examination offers some insight into the physical condition and diets of the ancient Egyptian aristocracy.