The Tarim Mummies: Ancient China and the Mystery of the Earliest Peoples from the West

The Tarim Mummies Ancient China and the Mystery of the Earliest Peoples from the West How did tartan wearing Indo Europeans come to be in Asia years beforeWest and East admitted each other s existence Describing their discovery of the Tarim Mummies and revealing the attempts of s

  • Title: The Tarim Mummies: Ancient China and the Mystery of the Earliest Peoples from the West
  • Author: J.P. Mallory Victor H. Mair
  • ISBN: 9780500283721
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Paperback
  • How did tartan wearing Indo Europeans come to be in Asia 2,000 years beforeWest and East admitted each other s existence Describing their discovery of the Tarim Mummies and revealing the attempts of scientists to determine their ethnic identity, the authors examine all the evidence connected with the mummies, including textiles and languages of the Tarim region, in this aHow did tartan wearing Indo Europeans come to be in Asia 2,000 years beforeWest and East admitted each other s existence Describing their discovery of the Tarim Mummies and revealing the attempts of scientists to determine their ethnic identity, the authors examine all the evidence connected with the mummies, including textiles and languages of the Tarim region, in this acclaimed tour de force of scholarship.

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    About “J.P. Mallory Victor H. Mair

    • J.P. Mallory Victor H. Mair

      James Patrick Mallory is an Irish American archaeologist and Indo Europeanist Mallory is a professor at the Queen s University, Belfast.Born in 1945, Mallory received his A.B in History from Occidental College in California in 1967, then served three years in the US Army as a military police sergeant He received his Ph.D in Indo European studies from UCLA in 1975 He has held several posts at Queen s beginning in 1977, becoming Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology in 1998.Professor Mallory s research has focused on Early Neolithic and Bronze Age Europe, the problem of the homeland of the Proto Indo Europeans, and the archaeology of early Ireland He favors an integrative approach to these issues, comparing literary, linguistic and archaeological evidence to solve historical puzzles.One consequence of this preference for an integrated approach is that Professor Mallory has been strongly critical of the widely publicised theory of Indo European origins held by Colin Renfrew which locates the urheimat or homeland of this language family in early Neolithic Anatolia and associates its spread with the spread of agriculture A key element of his criticism has been a vigorous defence of lingustic palaeontology as a valid tool for solving the Indo European homeland problem, arguing that Renfrew is sceptical about it precisely because it offers some of the strongest evidence against the latter s own model Professor Mallory recently published a new book with D.Q Adams, entitled The Oxford Introduction to Proto Indo European and the Proto Indo European World and published by Oxford University Press, where doubtless the debate with Renfrew will resume in earnest.He is the editor of the Journal of Indo European Studies, published by the Institute for the Study of Man of which Roger Pearson is the founding editor.

    260 thoughts on “The Tarim Mummies: Ancient China and the Mystery of the Earliest Peoples from the West

    • As odd as this topic might seem, it is fascinating. For many years, explorers and archaeologists have uncovered ancient burials in Central Asia of people who look very Caucasoid, along with cultural artifacts which appear similar to Europeans', especially the Celts.These mummies were preserved not by treatment, but naturally by the very dry climate and, in some cases, very salty environment.Although this is a very controversial topic, since the Chinese government resists any implication that cer [...]


    • I bought this book because I've always been vaguely interested in the Tarim mummies but have learnt nothing about them. Also because it was written by Victor Mair who is an excellent scholar. I've really enjoyed books by him in the past, and got to hear him talk at the Dunhuang conference I went to a couple years ago. The book is actually so much more than a book on the mummies. It's actually a history of East Central Asia. It looks at the different people and cultures that lived in the area, wh [...]


    • The book, “The Tarim Mummies Ancient China and the Mystery of the Earliest Peoples from the West”, “by J. P. Mallory and Victor H. Mair” was about the Tarim mummies. Before the authors talk about the mummies, they show a bit of the background of Victor H. Mair and the mummies. They talk about the steps he had to go through to see the mummies and the people he had to talk to. He went to many graves to recover some of the other mummies and he began to study them. There were both male and f [...]


    • Informative book, but the language is a little too convoluted for it to be easily absorbed. Still, fascinating area.



    • The Tarim Mummies is an excellent book for anyone travelling to China's western regions in so many regards--its short introductions and sidebars to a variety of topics (language, archaeology, history, explorers, migrations, art history, textiles, animal husbandry) are excellent and make this book far more readable than many available 'introductions' to the region. Yes, the focus is on the Tarim mummies (of which there are/were thousands), but in addressing the question of who they were, one firs [...]


    • I started this book at the end of April and finished it in mid-October. Don't let that fool you, though: the only real problem with this book is that it's too large and heavy to take on the train, and so (for someone like me, anyway) the only time to read it is at bedtime, when I can only get through four pages max before conking out, which is the only reason why it took almost six months of fairly regular reading to finish it. In terms of the content and the writing style, this book is a gem.Th [...]


    • I have been interested in this subject since I read Elizabeth Wayland Barber's "The Mummies of Urumchi". This is an excellent, well written analysis of the archeological and linguistic evidence regarding the caucasian mummies found in the Tarim basin, dating back to pre-Christian history. Due to the arid nature of the basin, the mummies are more perfectly preserved than Egyptian mummies, partially because the preservation was natural and accidental, rather than purposeful. Many look like they ar [...]


    • Chatty popular presentation of historic, archaeological, and linguistic evidence that might explain who the Tarim Mummies were. Although the introduction indicated that one of the author's interests was DNA analysis of the mummies, at the time this book was written they only had 1 DNA result. The argument can be a bit hard to follow, as there isn't(wasn't) enough data to do more than build a hypothetical model -- and, of course, the many many ethnic groups and languages are for the most part unk [...]


    • "A book not worth rereading is not worth reading in the first place." - Anatoly LibermanDespite only getting three stars from me, this is one of my prized books. I go back to it about once a year & still learn more from it. I appreciate it more with each re-read. It would have been rated higher if the chapters weren't so uneven in quality. Some are so dense it was difficult to follow, but the book aims at being comprehensive, covering archaeology, forensics, art history, historical linguisti [...]


    • I bought this book when researching an article for Slate about the Kanjiashimenzi Petroglyphs in western China. It's a fascinating story about how Europoid people, probably on horseback, migrated from eastern Europe to what is now western China around 3500 BCE and left behind a trove of mummiesto to tell their story. It's good that the Chinese government has finally lifted ideological restrictions on their study. For a seemingly dry subject like archaeology, the book is witty and compelling.


    • This lovely, illustrated book provides an extensive investigation of the Tarim mummies - who they were, their neighbours, the mummies, their languages, their life and culture etc. The book is scholarly, but well written and not boring at all. The book has a nice balance of enough detail but not too much irrelevant waffling. I especially liked the authors dry sense of humour.


    • This is a fascinating account of the non-Chinese mummies found in the far west of China. This book allows a glimpse into the lives and appearance of the prehistoric peoples who settled the Tarim Basin some four millennia ago.


    • I wish there was more material (book itself says there are heaps of undocumented textiles etc.) in the appendices, but I still liked it a lot.


    • A very good history of the Tarim mummies. While there were times this book did get bogged down with facts, it did provide good information.



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