McKnight: Gifts for the Gods : Ancient Egyptian Animal Mummies and the British. pb

  • Gifts for the Gods. Ancient Egyptian Animal Mummies and the British.
  • Atherton-Woolham, Stephanie; McKnight, Lidija Mary
  • Pb., 140 pages, 102 colour illustrations, 276 x 219 mm.
Gifts for the Gods is an enlightening and richly illustrated book on animal mummies from ancient Egypt. Introducing readers to the wealth of animal mummies in British museums and private collections, this fascinating collection focuses on the prevalent type of animal mummy to be found in Britain: the votive offering. In a series of chapters written by experts in their field, Gifts for the Gods details the role of animals in ancient Egypt and in museum collections.

It concentrates on the unique relationship of British explorers, travellers, archaeologists, curators and scientists with this material. The book describes a best-practice protocol for the scientific study of animal mummies by the Ancient Egyptian Animal Bio Bank team, whilst acknowledging that the current research represents only the beginning of a much larger task.