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The stories behind Egyptian mummies in museums

Two mummies buried in a museum garden … a coffin that rotates … skulls amassed for dubious research … What if the most interesting stories about Egyptian mummies are not the ones you know?

Mummified explores the curious, unsettling and controversial stories of the Egyptian mummies held by museums in France and Britain. From powdered mummies consumed 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 human remains than meets the eye. Following mummies on their journeys from Egypt to museums and private collections in Paris, London, Leicester and Manchester, the book revisits the history of these bodies that have fascinated Europeans for so long.

Mummified explores stories of life and death, of collecting and viewing, and of interactions – sometimes violent and sometimes moving – that raise questions about the essence of what makes us human.

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Reframing cultures of decolonisation
Ruth Craggs
Claire Wintle

University Press, 2011). Notably, the Tropenmuseum as a site of decolonisation in the Dutch metropole has been the subject of some useful critique: see C. Kreps, ‘Changing the Rules of the Road: Post-Colonialism and the New Ethics of Museum Anthropology’, in J. Marstine (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics: Redefining Ethics for

in Cultures of decolonisation