While acclaimed technology journalist Heather Pringle used to be dispatched to a distant a part of northern Chile to hide a little-known clinical convention, she discovered herself in the middle of the main passionate amassing of her operating lifestyles -- dozens of mummy specialists lodged in a rambling seashore lodge, scuffling with over the results in their most modern discoveries. contaminated with their mania, Pringle spent the subsequent yr circling the globe, preventing in to go to the top scientists so she might see firsthand the breathtaking delicacy and unforeseen value in their work.
In The Mummy Congress, she recounts the fascinating findings from her travels, bringing to lifestyles the hitherto unknown worlds of the long-dead, and revealing what mummies need to let us know approximately ourselves. Pringle's trips lead her to the real looking is still of medieval saints entombed in Italy's grand cathedrals, eerily preserved lavatory our bodies within the Netherlands bearing symptoms of violent and premature slaughter, and frozen Inca princess glimpsed for the 1st time atop icy mountains. She learns of the intense abilities of old Egyptian embalmers in a position to retaining our bodies, within the phrases of 1 mummy professional, "until the top of time"; of the frightening sacrifices made via historical South american citizens to pacify their gods; and of the bizarre mummified parasites, preserved within the guts of millennia-old our bodies, that also wreak havoc the world over this day.
Ranging from the well-known excavation of Tutankhamen to stories of ascetic eastern clergymen attempting to mummify themselves, and from the Russians' terrified makes an attempt to embalm the physique of Stalin to the fleeting craze for public mummy unwrappings in nineteenth-century New Orleans, The Mummy Congress demonstrates that our personal obsession with the preserved lifeless has an extended and weird background. choked with outstanding tales and narrated with nice humor and verve, The Mummy Congress is a compelling and pleasing trip into the area of the eternal dead.