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Taylor, John H. 1958-

Overview
Works: 35 works in 163 publications in 3 languages and 4,138 library holdings
Genres: History  Exhibition catalogs  Conference papers and proceedings  Catalogs and collections  Illustrated works 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by John H Taylor
Death and the afterlife in ancient Egypt by John H Taylor( Book )

18 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Of all the ancient peoples, the Egyptians are perhaps best known for the fascinating ways in which they grappled with the mysteries of death and the afterlife. This book draws on the British Museum's collection of mummies and other funerary evidence to offer an accessible account of Egyptian beliefs in an afterlife and examine the ways in which Egyptian society responded materially to the challenges these beliefs imposed. The author describes the numerous provisions made for the dead and the intricate rituals carried out on their behalf. He considers embalming, coffins and sarcophagi, shabti figures, magic and ritual, amulets and papyri, as well as the mummification of sacred animals, which were buried by the millions in vast labyrinthine catacombs. The text also reflects recent developments in the interpretation of Egyptian burial practices and incorporates the results of much new scientific research. Newly acquired information derives from a range of sophisticated applications, such as the use of noninvasive imaging techniques to look inside the wrappings of a mummy, and the chemical analysis of materials used in the embalming process. Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt illuminates aspects of this complex, vibrant culture that still perplex us more than 3,000 years later."--Page 4 de la couverture
Unwrapping a mummy : the life, death and embalming of Horemkenesi by John H Taylor( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Horemkenesi was an Egyptian priest and official who lived at Thebes in the eleventh century B.C. The unwrapping and scientific examination of his mummified body (the last such investigation to have been carried out in Britain) provided a rare opportunity to study the remains of a known historical figure using the most sophisticated technology and methods of analysis. By combining the results of this study with information from inscriptions on Horemkenesi's coffin and rock graffiti recording his work in the cemeteries of Thebes, it is possible to build up a fascinating picture of the life, death, and mummification of an ancient Egyptian. The first part of this book considers Horemkenesi's life and work against the backdrop of Upper Egypt in the troubled times of the early Twentieth Dynasty. The second part concentrates on the unwrapping of the mummy: its careful planning, how the delicate operation was carried out, and what discoveries were made. What did Horemkenesi look like? How old was he at death? What was the state of his health? Why did the embalmers not remove his brain, and why were his internal organs missing? These and other questions are answered in this stimulating book
Egypt and Nubia by John H Taylor( Book )

13 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author explores the effect on the inhabitants of Nubia of their contacts with their Egyptian neighbours as illustrated by many pieces of jewellery, pottery, sculpture and textiles chosen largely from the British Museum's collections as well as surviving monuments in the Sudan
Howard Carter : before Tutankhamun by Nicholas Reeves( Book )

10 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles Carter's thirty-year obsession with ancient Egypt and his work in the quest for, and unearthing of, Tutankhamun's tomb
Mummy : the inside story by John H Taylor( Book )

8 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using non-invasive cutting-edge technology, this exhibit by the British Museum reveals the secrets of one mummy, the priest Nesperennub, while leaving him undisturbed
Journey through the afterlife : ancient Egyptian Book of the dead( Book )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Book of the Dead" is not a single text but a compilation of spells that the ancient Egyptians believed would assist them in the afterlife as they made their perilous journey toward the realm of the gods and the ultimate state of eternity. No two copies are identical. The spells are often accompanied by colored vignettes, which graphically show the imagined landscape of the Netherworld, the gods and demons whom the deceased will meet, and the critical 'weighing of the heart' - the judgment that will determine whether the traveler will be admitted into the afterlife or condemned to destruction by the monstrous 'Devourer'. With contributions from leading scholars and detailed catalog entries that interpret the spells and painted scenes, this fascinating and important book affords a greater understanding of ancient Egyptian belief systems and poignantly reveals the hopes and fears of mortal man about the 'world' beyond death
Ancient faces : mummy portraits from Roman Egypt by British Museum( Book )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and Italian and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The painted panel and shroud portraits of Roman Egypt constitute the only corpus of coloured images of individuals to survive from classical antiquity. Many are of outstanding artistic quality, and as a whole they reflect a range of techniques
Egyptian mummies by John H Taylor( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since antiquity, mummies have inspired awe and endless fascination. Part of their enduring appeal lies in their capacity to let us confront people from the distant past as recognizable individuals, and even to look into the faces of some of the great rulers who shaped history 3,000 years ago. Mummies also have much to tell us about aspects of the lives of ancient Egyptians that are not recorded in writing: their appearance, their life expectancy, the diseases they suffered from, and how they died. As survivors from one of the world's most splendid civilizations, they bring us tantalizingly close to a long-lost culture. In their own times, mummies were treated as objects of reverence, attracting teams of skilled embalmers and priests. But why exactly were mummies created? What did the Egyptians hope to achieve? What did they fear? These and other intriguing questions are answered in this absorbing history
Egyptian coffins by John H Taylor( Book )

7 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Theban necropolis : past, present, and future( Book )

7 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents information on the Theban Necropolis, which was the burial place of Egypt's New Kingdom pharaohs, noblemen, officials, and priests. Notes that the site contains thousands of tombs. Offers descriptions of the location and contains maps of the area. Includes a history of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes and provides access to a timeline of ancient Egypt. Features a bibliography
Ancient lives : new discoveries : eight mummies, eight stories by John H Taylor( Book )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In recent years, British Museum curators have collaborated with scientists and medical experts to explore non-invasive imaging techniques and other scientific approaches to further study Egyptian mummies. Piecing together key biographical data and information, it has been possible for the first time to discover more about who these people were in ancient Egyptian society. Mummies draws on cutting-edge research to reveal the actual experience of living and dying in the ancient Nile Valley. Eight significant mummies are explored, each carefully selected to tell a different story, covering a period of over 4000 years. They include a young female temple singer, an unknown man of high status, and a child from the Roman era. Funerary objects are also highlighted for context: for example, non-invasive imaging of the contents of canopic jars; analyses of embalming substances, and identification of wood species and pigment types used in coffins. The majority of the material is drawn from the British Museums extensive Egypt and Sudan collections, but the book includes a number of mummies from other museums to physically reunite individuals originally buried together in family or communal tombs. This allows fascinating comparisons to be made. With over 200 specially commissioned photographs, Mummies sets out to shine a new light on the past.0Exhibition: British Museum, London, UK (22.5.-30.11.2014)
Ancient Egyptian Book of the dead : journey through the afterlife by John H Taylor( Book )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Book of the Dead is not a single text but a compilation of spells that the ancients Egyptians believed would assist them in the afterlife as they made their perilous journey towards the realm of the gods and the ultimate state of eternity
Spells for eternity : the ancient Egyptian Book of the dead by John H Taylor( Book )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For most ancient Egyptians, life on earth was short. But death was not an end; it was merely the entering of a new phase of being. They believed that the afterlife was a real place, but various obstacles and judgements had to be overcome to reach it. This book reveals what the ancient Egyptians believed lay between life and the afterlife
Mummy : the inside story by John H Taylor( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Egyptian mummies are perennially popular with visitors to museums but what is their relevance in the twenty-first century? And what can we learn from the study of these ancient remains? Mummies are an unparalleled source of scientific data, addressing a host of questions about life in one of the most highly developed societies of the ancient world. Although the ancient Egyptians left many written records, these tell only part of the story, and researchers rely heavily on human remains to complete the picture. These throw light on many important issues about which the inscriptions are often silent: physical anthropology, family relationships, life expectancy, nutrition and health, disease and the causes of death. They also of course provide a unique insight into the fascinating and complex processes of mummification; including not only the artificial preservation of the corpse, but also the ritual elements which played such an important part: the placing of amulets, the putting on of wrappings and the equipping of the body with religious texts and images. For many years, the only way to extract this data from Egyptian mummies was to unwrap them a process both destructive and irreversible. Then, the advent of modern non-invasive imaging techniques X-rays and Computerized Tomography (CT) scanning made it possible to look inside a mummy without disturbing the wrappings in any way. Now this technology has advanced still further. Thanks to the latest computer-generated images, we are able to perform a virtual unwrapping of a mummy and to embark on a journey within the body, visualizing every feature and amulet in 3D. The subject chosen for this ground-breaking experiment, the priest Nesperennub, has been one of the British Museums treasured exhibits for over a hundred years. His beautifully painted mummy-case has never been opened since it was sealed up by embalmers on the West Bank at Thebes shortly before he was buried, but now after 2,800 years technology has unlocked its secrets. This book takes the reader on a journey of discovery, gathering information about Nesperennub from a variety of sources. First, his place in history and his role in Egyptian society are pieced together from the inscriptions the formal record of his life which was intended for posterity. Then the 3D technology makes it possible to enter the mummy case and to explore the body, collecting data about Nesperennub as a person, seeing his face, assessing his health, and looking over the shoulders of the embalmers as they prepared him for eternal life"--Publisher's description
Der Totenbuch-Papyrus der Ta-schep-en-Chonsu aus der späten 25. Dynastie (pMoskau Puschkin-Museum I, 1b, 121) by Irmtraut Munro( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in German and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Egyptian royal residences : London, June, 1st-5th 2004 by Symposium Zur Ägyptischen Königsideologie( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mummy : secrets of the tomb by John H Taylor( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A remarkable archaeological find, the 3,000-year-old mummy of the ancient Egyptian priest Nesperennub has never been removed from its beautifully painted case. Just like a freshly discovered archaeological site, it contains a wealth of data about the remote past, yet this information remained inaccessible to us until recently, when technology unlocked its secrets. Without disturbing the original wrappings we are now able to visualize every feature and amulet in 3D by using modern technological aids like an MRI scanner and answer questions about Nesperennub as a person. Illustrated with 91 color and 19 black and white images, this book addresses questions about Nesperennub himself-What did he look like? What ailments did he suffer from? And what is the mysterious bowl sitting on his head?-as well as about the traditions and technology of mummification. This new and extended edition unravels the mystery of the Egyptian mummy, casting new light upon the world of Nesperennub and the ancient tradition of mummification.--Back cover
Secrets of the Afterlife : magic, mummies and immortality in Ancient Egypt by John H Taylor( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This exhibition explains the concepts, rituals and magical procedures which would guide the dead through the fearsome hall of judgement and on to the paradise of the Field of Reeds."--Back cover
The great pyramid; why was it built: & who built it? by John Taylor( Book )

8 editions published between 1859 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The publisher and author John Taylor (1781-1864), who took an interest in various antiquarian matters, published this work in 1859. Using the measurements taken by the seventeenth-century archaeologist John Greaves and by the French savants who had examined the Great Pyramid at Giza during Napoleon's Egyptian expedition, he deduced the existence of a 'pyramid inch' (fractionally longer than the British inch), which was one twenty-fifth of the so-called 'sacred cubit' and was derived from ancient astronomical and time-measurement observations; and as a convinced Christian, he concluded that the British inch was therefore divinely inspired. His work was very influential and had a considerable following (the astronomer Charles Piazzi Smyth's 1864 book on Our Inheritance in the Great Pyramid is also reissued in this series), but was later debunked by the more accurate surveys and measurements of Flinders Petrie, whose interest in Egypt was partly aroused by reading this book
Tombs of the South Asasif Necropolis : Thebes, Karakhamun (TT 223), and Karabasken (TT 391) in the Twenty-fifth Dynasty by Elena Pischikova( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume is a joint publication of the members of the American-Egyptian mission South Asasif Conservation Project, working under the auspices of the State Ministry for Antiquities and Supreme Council of Antiquities, and directed by the editor. The Project is dedicated to the clearing, restoration, and reconstruction of the tombs of Karabasken (TT 391) and Karakhamun (TT 223) of the Twenty-fifth Dynasty, and the tomb of Irtieru (TT 390) of the Twenty-sixth Dynasty, on the West Bank of Luxor. These tombs, located in the South Asasif necropolis, were considered almost completely ruined by floods and constant re-usage. Therefore, when the project was initiated in 2006, the team was uncertain of the condition of the tombs and the amount of original material still remaining in the ruins and debris. The results of the first few years of work surpassed the most optimistic prognoses, of which there were not many. The tombs, as damaged as they are, have proved to be reconstructible, based on the thousands of fragments of the original decoration found during the clearing of the remains of the architectural features
 
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Death and the afterlife in ancient Egypt
Alternative Names
Taylor, Andrew

Taylor, Andrew 1958-

Taylor, J. H.

Taylor, J. H. (John H.), 1958-

Taylor, John (1958- ).

Taylor, John Andrew

Taylor, John Andrew 1958-

Taylor, John Hilton, 1958-

テーラー, ジョン・H

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English (139)

German (4)

Italian (1)

Covers
Unwrapping a mummy : the life, death and embalming of HoremkenesiHoward Carter : before TutankhamunMummy : the inside storyJourney through the afterlife : ancient Egyptian Book of the deadEgyptian mummiesThe Theban necropolis : past, present, and futureAncient Egyptian Book of the dead : journey through the afterlifeSpells for eternity : the ancient Egyptian Book of the dead