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Earthly Remains: The History and Science of Preserved Human Bodies

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The preserved remains of other human beings hold a special fascination for the living. Earthly Remains explores the history and science behind such phenomena and examine cases ranging from ancient Egyptian mummies to twentieth-century politicians, from Iron Age bog bodies to cryonics and modern preservation techniques. After explaining the scientific processes of decay, th ...more
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Published April 18th 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Krystal Hammond
EARTHLY REMAINS by Andrew T. Chamberlain provides a general overview of preserved human bodies throughout time and from all over the world. Preserved bodies discussed include bog bodies (eg Lindow Man), frozen bodies (eg the Franklin Expedition), Egyptian mummies, "sandmen," and more recent preserved bodies such as Evita and Lenin. The motivations for preserving bodies as well as the ethics of displaying human remains are discussed from an academic/archaeological perspective.

The text is very rea
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Emily Regier
May 05, 2016 Emily Regier rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! Death and ancient bodies has always interested me and I'm happy with the information this book provided. It was written almost like an essay or thesis, but not difficult to understand. The pictures provided were great! Although sometimes he would describe someone or something and I would have to google it to see a picture of it, so a bit more photos would have been nice.

This book got me very into bog bodies so I'm on a search for a more detailed book about that! Othe
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From this book I learned that "Lenin himself had wished for a simple burial," and, presumably, not for 84 years of continuous embalming and display.
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