Gifts for the Gods

Ancient Egyptian Animal Mummies and the British

Edited by Lidija M. McKnight and Stephanie Atherton-Woolham

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ISBN: 9781781382554

Publication: October 7, 2015

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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.

Lidija M. McKnight is Research Associate, University of Manchester.

Stephanie Atherton-Woolham is Research Associate, University of Manchester.


Gifts for the Gods presents an important contribution to a field of study which, although it has long intrigued early travellers and collectors, was thought to be of little scientific interest to early archaeologists. It also provides new and useful information on the history of the collection and study of animal mummies in the British context.  This book and the work conducted by the authors for the accompanying exhibition is very much on point for modern research interests but is also well worth a read for those with an interest in the preparation, deposition, rediscovery and collections of these fascinating yet often under-studied relics of ancient Egypt.

  ASTENE Bulletin

Format: Paperback

Size: 276 x 219 mm

140 Pages

102 colour illustrations

ISBN: 9781781382554

Publication: October 7, 2015

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