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Author Hepper, F. N.

Title Pharaoh's flowers : the botanical treasures of Tutankhamun / F. Nigel Hepper
Edition Second edition
Published Chicago : KWS Pub., 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 87 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), map
Contents ""Front Cover""; ""Copyright""; ""Contents""; ""Preface""; ""Acknowledgements ""; ""Chronological Chart of Ancient Egypt""; ""Map of Ancient Egypt""; ""Plan of the Tomb""; ""Diagram of the Shrines and Coffins""; ""Introduction""; ""The Life of Tutankhamum""; ""The Discovery of Tutankhamun�s Treasures""; ""The Identification of Tutankhamun�s Plant Material""; ""Archaeobotanical techniques""; ""Some archaeological traps""; ""Living seeds?""; ""1 Flowers and Leaves""; ""Finds from the Tomb""; ""Stick bouquets""; ""Floral garlands and collars""; ""A garden scene with floral bouquets""
""Chariots""""Model ships""; ""Wooden bows and reed arrows""; ""Throw-sticks, batons and clubs""; ""Tree Species""; ""Cilician fir Abies cilicica""; ""Silver birch Betula pendula""; ""Cedar of Lebanon Cedrus libani""; ""Cypress Cupressus sempervirens""; ""Ebony Dalbergia melanoxylon""; ""Ash Fraxinus species""; ""Levant storax Liquidambar orientalis""; ""Valonia oak Quercus aegilops""; ""Tamarisk Tamarix aphylla""; ""Elm Ulmus minor""; ""5 Food and Drink""; ""Finds from the Tomb""; ""Fruits, nuts and seeds""; ""Honey""; ""Wine and wine-jars""; ""Vegetables, herbs and spices""; ""Cereals""
""Lotus and papyrus motifs""""Plant Species""; ""Mayweed Anthemis pseudocotula""; ""Wild celery Apium graveolens""; ""Cornflower Centaurea depressa""; ""Mandrake Mandragora officinarum""; ""Persea Mimusops laurifolia""; ""Blue lotus waterlily Nymphaea caerulea""; ""White lotus waterlily Nymphaea lotus""; ""Olive Olea europaea""; ""Corn poppy Papaver rhoeas""; ""Ox-tongue Picris asplenioides""; ""Willow Salix mucronata""; ""Withania nightshade Withania somnifera""; ""2 Oils, Resins and Perfumes""; ""Finds from the Tomb""; ""Oils""; ""Resins and incense""; ""Perfumes""; ""Adhesives""
""Mummification materials""""Plant Species""; ""Acacia Acacia species""; ""Egyptian plum Balanites aegyptiaca""; ""Frankincense trees Boswellia species""; ""Balm of Gilead Commiphora gileadensis""; ""Myrrh Commiphora myrrha""; ""Henna Lawsonia inermis""; ""White lily Lilium candidum""; ""Horseradish tree Moringa peregrina""; ""Pine Pinus species""; ""Mastic and Chios balm Pistacia species""; ""Castor oil plant Ricinus communis""; ""Sesame Sesamum indicum""; ""3 Papyrus, Flax and other Fibrous Plants""; ""Finds from the Tomb""; ""Papyrus writing material""; ""Pen-cases and writing outfits""
""Papyrus boats""""Flax, linen and dyes""; ""Baskets and mats""; ""Sandals""; ""String and ropes""; ""Plant Species""; ""Safflower Carthamus tinctorius""; ""Papyrus sedge Cyperus papyrus""; ""Halfa grass Desmostachya bipinnata""; ""Imperata halfa grass Imperata cylindrica""; ""Rush Juncus arabicus""; ""Flax Linum usitatissimum""; ""Common reed Phragmites australis""; ""Madder Rubia tinctorum""; ""Reed-mace Typha domingensis""; ""4 Trees and Wooden Objects""; ""Finds from the Tomb""; ""The golden shrines and coffins""; ""Thrones, chairs and stools""; ""Beds and couches""; ""Caskets and boxes""
Summary The golden face of Tutankhamun was garlanded with fresh flowers exquisitely preserved after 3,000 years in his innermost coffin. In the tomb a model of a granary was found full to the brim with seeds -- emmer wheat, fenugreek and chick-pea. Brooms of reed and grass used to tidy up after the burial remained intact. Usually ignored by grave robbers intent on gold, baskets, fabrics and papyri, timber and unguent vases buried with Tutankhamun have survived. Each chapter ofPharaoh's Flowerscarries detailed descriptions of the plant species found or represented in the tomb. The plants and flowers of ancient Egypt are brought back to life in this botanical exploration of the Pharaoh's tomb. This new, second edition of this important and fascinating book, first published in 1990,has been fully updated, to take account of recent finds and interpretations. New features include: a revised and annotated Further Reading section, now with a guide to websites; a glossary of botanical terms; a new diagram of the tomb; additional illustrations; and a Bible References section, keyed to the main text, with quotations from the Old Testament that illuminate ancient botanical knowledge and practices
Notes "First edition published in 1990 by HMSO on behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew"--Title page verso
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda MiAaHDL
Subject Tutankhamen, King of Egypt -- Tomb.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Botany -- Egypt.
Environmental archaeology.
Plant remains (Archaeology) -- Egypt.
Plants, Useful -- Egypt.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0982690002 (electronic bk.)
9780982690000 (electronic bk.)