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I can hardly imagine that you will be surprised to find that we do have a special section with titles of books about corpses. Let's face it, the special kind of vampire that is the subject of our studies is in fact a corpse. In this section you can also find books about natural and artificial mummies. And of course there are a few titles on certain aspects of forensic medicine. And - supposing that they seem interesting enough - we may even include a skeleton or two...

Arthur C. Aufderheide :

"The Scientific Study of Mummies" [2003]

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2003 - pp.608
ISBN: 0 521 81826 5

Massive and extremely informative book on everything that has to do with mummies. The book is rather expensive, but if you have a serious interest in the subject of mummies, then you simply can not go without it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Paul G. Bahn :

"Gräber, Mumien und Gelehrte - Auf Spurensuche mit Archäologen" [1996]

Orbis Verlag, München, Germany, 2002 - pp.214
ISBN: 3 572 01362 3

Ray Bradbury & Archie Lieberman :

"The mummies of Guanajuato" [1978]

Harry N. Abrams, New York, USA, 1978 - pp.96

Andrew T. Chamberlain & Michael Parker Pearson :

"Earthly Remains - the History and Science of Preserved Human Bodies" [2001]

Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 2001 - pp.208
ISBN: 0 19 521852 3

Very nicely illustrated book about the different kinds of preserved corpses.

Michel Damien (ed.) :

"Les Corps a Prodiges" [1996]

Claude Chou, France, 1979 - pp.318
ISBN: 2 7107 0039 5

Among other things, an interesting article by Robert Ambelain.

James M. Deem :

"Bodies from the Bog" [1998]

Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, USA, 1998 - pp.42
ISBN: 0 395 85784 8

If you are new to the subject, this is not a bad introduction to the wonderful world of bog bodies.

Francoise Dunand & Roger Lichtenberg :

"Les Momies - un voyage dans l'éternité" [1991]

Gallimard, France, 1992 - pp.128
ISBN: 2 07 053167 8

This title is part of a series of brilliantly illustrated little books that has been published in a lot of different countries. So it can't be very hard to find yourself a copy of it.

Christian Friedrich Garmann [1640-1708]:

"De Miraculis Mortuorum" [1670]

Universitätsdrücke, Gottingen, Germany, 2003 - pp.288
ISBN: 3 930457 31 8

Facsimile edition of the original 1670 Latin edition together with a German translation, and commentaries by Silvio Benetello and Bernd Herrmann. A very useful reprint. Can we have more books like this please ?

P.V. Glob :

"The Bog People - Iron-Age Man Preserved" [1969]

Faber & Faber, London, UK, 1988 - pp.200
ISBN: 0 571 11079 7

Brilliant little book about naturally preserved corpses found on the moors.

William D. Haglund & Marcella H. Sorg (ed.) :

"Forensic Taphonomy - The Postmortem Fate of Human Remains" [1997]

CRC Press, Boca Raton, USA, 1997 - pp.636
ISBN: 0 8493 9434 1

"Advances in Forensic Taphonomy - Method, Theory, and Archaeological Perspectives" [2002]

CRC Press, Boca Raton, USA, 2002 - pp.508
ISBN: 0 8493 1189 6

These two magnificent books are quite expensive, but well worth the price. They bring together articles, written by various experts, about different aspects of forensic taphonomy. Should forensic scientists make more and better use of the expertise of archaeologists ? I don't doubt it. For us, however, it will be of much more importance that archaeologists should know more about forensic science, so that they don't miss, misinterpret, or even destroy important evidence that could be of immense interest to the likes of us.

Among other things, these excellent books offer us lots of information on interesting phenomena like decomposition. Maybe not the kind of thing that is a suitable subject for conversation while you are enjoying a good meal. Nevertheless it remains essential knowledge if you want to correctly diagnose and evaluate a corpse that is being accused of vampirism. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

James Hamilton-Paterson & Carol Andrews :

"Mummies - Death and Life in Ancient Egypt" [1978]

Penguin Books, London, UK, 1979 - pp.224
ISBN: 0 1400 5266 6

Ramin Ilbeygui & Christian Reiter :

"Synopsis und Atlas der Gerichtsmedizin" [2000]

Facultas Universitätsverlag, Wien, Austria, 2002 - pp.178
ISBN: 3 85076 575 X

To me (but who am I ?) this book seems to be a pretty good introduction to Forensic Medicine. Especially the first chapter about "Leichenveränderungen" should be of interest to any serious vampirologist.

Kenneth V. Iserson :

"Death to Dust - What happens to Dead Bodies ?" [1994]

Galen Press, Ltd., Tucson, AZ, USA, 1994 - pp.706
ISBN: 1 883620 07 4

At first sight, it does look as if this massive book wants to answer each and every question that could ever be asked about Death and about Corpses. This, of course, is quite impossible. Having said that, I am more than happy to admit that Dr. Iserson has done a great job and has written an incredibly informative book.

P. Mégnin :

"La Faune des Cadavres - Application de l'Entomologie a la Médicine Légale" [1894]

G. Masson / Gauthier-Villars et fils, Paris, France, 1894 - pp.214

An early study on the always cheerful subject of insects and corpses.

Mike Parker Pearson :

"The Archaeology of Death and Burial" [1999]

Sutto Publishing, Stroud, UK, 2005 - pp.250
ISBN: 0 7509 3276 7

Fascinating book that brings us a wealth of information and other thought-stimulating material. Thank you very much dear Sandra for such a wonderful birthday present !

Heather Pringle :

"The Mummy Congres - Science, Obsession, and the Everlasting Death " [2001]

Hyperion, New York, USA, 2001 - pp.368
ISBN: 0 7868 6551 2

Perhaps not really a scientific study as such, but who am I to say so. To me this book seems more like the journalist's approach. Having said that, I immediately admit that it is a very good and well-written book that gives you the chance to learn much more about some of those famous researchers who are up to their ears in mummies.

Christine Quigley :

"Modern Mummies - The preservation of the Human Body in the twentieth Century" [1998]

McFarland & Company, Jefferson, North Carolina, USA, 1998 - pp.264
ISBN: 0 7864 0492 2

This is not about Egyptian mummies. It's all about relatively recent corpses that have been mummified in various ways. There is much to be learned about natural as well as artificial ways in which dead bodies can be preserved. Much of this information should come in very handy for anyone who seriously wants to start investigating "vampire corpses". A most informative book.

Howard Reid :

"In Search of the Immortals - Mummies, Death and the After Life" [1999]

Headline Book Publishing, London, UK, 1999 - pp.308
ISBN: 0 7472 7556 4

This book seems to cover the whole world: Central Asia, Siberia, Northwest Europe, Egypt, the Canary Islands, Chile, Peru. . .

Konrad Spindler, Harald Wilfing, et.al. (ed.) :

"Human Mummies - a Global Survey of their Status and the Techniques of Conservation" [1996]

Springer Verlag, Wien, Austria, 1996 - pp.294
ISBN: 3 211 82659 9

Interesting, but extremely expensive book. Part of a series. As far as I am concerned, this appears to be the most interesting volume of that series. But since I have no plans to buy any of the other ones, I will never know if this is true. This book, "Human Mummies", covers an awful lot of ground, whereas the other titles seem to treat subjects that are exclusively meant for very very specialised specialists.

Richard Sugg :

"Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires - The History of Corpse Medicine from the Renaissance to the Victorians" [2011]

Routledge, London, UK, 2011 - pp.374
ISBN: 978 0 415 67417 1

Wilhelm Tacke :

"Der Bleikeller am Dom zu Bremen" [1989]

Deutscher Kunstverlag, München/Berlin, Germany, 1989 - pp.16

Small but interesting guide book about the natural mummies of the Bleikeller in Bremen.

Ernest A. Wallis Budge :

"The Mummy - Funereal Rites & Customs in Ancient Egypt" [1995]

Senate Editions, London, UK, 1995 - pp.404
ISBN: 1 85958 071 8

A most welcome and incredibly inexpensive reprint of one of the classics on Egyptian mummies, which was originally published in 1893 as "The Mummy: Chapters on Egyptian Funereal Archaeology".

Lothar F. Zotz :

"Erlebte Vorgeschichte - Wie ich in Deutschland ausgrub" [1934]

Franckh'sche Verlagshandlung, Stuttgart, Germany, 1934 - pp.80

Small but interesting book that has a special chapter about superstition regarding the dead, nicely supported by archaeological evidence.

© 2011 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last update November 2011
photo: "Natural Mummies - Dublin" - © 2003 by Rob Brautigam

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