The Tarim Mummies (Paperback)

Ancient China and the Mystery of the Earliest Peoples from the West

By Victor H. Mair, J. P. Mallory

Thames & Hudson, 9780500283721, 352pp.

Publication Date: September 17, 2008

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"A fascinating and readable account... a valuable compendium of recent research on a little-known region." —Archaeology

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 acclaimed tour-de-force of scholarship.

About the Author

Victor H. Mair is Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of many books including The True History of Tea and The Tarim Mummies.

J.P. Mallory is an Irish-American archaeologist, a world expert on ancient linguistics, and Emeritus Professor at Queen's University Belfast. He is the author of In Search of the Indo-Europeans, and coauthor of The Tarim Mummies. He lives in Belfast.