- Grade Level: 4 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 1090L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Yearling (June 9, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440413168
- ISBN-13: 978-0440413165
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,700,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Make a Mummy Talk Paperback – June 9, 1997
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From a 5,000-year-old "Iceman" discovered in Europe to a tongue-tied Egyptian mummy named Natsef-Amun, mummies have a special way of "talking" to scientists--providing important clues about ancient civilizations. In this funny, fact-filled book, author James M. Deem takes readers on a mummy-discovery tour that spans centuries and continents. He explains exactly what mummies are, how they are created, where they have been found, how scientists investigate them, and what they tell us about the people who lived long ago.
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-year-old "Iceman" discovered in Europe to a tongue-tied Egyptian mummy named Natsef-Amun, mummies have a special way of "talking" to scientists--providing important clues about ancient civilizations. In this funny, fact-filled book, author James M. Deem takes readers on a mummy-discovery tour that spans centuries and continents. He explains exactly what mummies are, how they are created, where they have been found, how scientists investigate them, and what they tell us about the people who lived long ago.
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Here to lay many of those untrue myths to their final rest (pun intended) are James M. Deem and True Kelley with their book, "How to Make a Mummy Talk." The book takes some of the most popular myths and untruths of mummies (mummies are all from Egypt, mummies are all found in tombs, etc) and sets the record straight.
While the intentional preservation of deceased humans by mummification is thousands of years old, as in the case of Egyptian Pharos, this is certainly not the only place, time or way that mummies have been made. In fact, the oldest mummies don't even come from Egypt: they hail from South America. Mummies have been found in sand and ice as well.
Deem and Kelly do a fine job of explaining why there are so many myths about mummies and do an excellent job of explaining how mummies GOT that way in the first place. The long and complicated process of Egyptian mummification (which often took 70 days or longer) is well explained here, as are the natural processes at work for what might be called "accidental" mummies: people like the Iceman who froze to death but were preserved by natural forces.
Mummies have been misunderstood throughout history, and often denied the respect they deserve--during the 1800's mummies were bought and ground up as medicine! It's high time that this change. A good way to instigate some of this change is to get this book and read it! Practically every student is at least passingly interested in mummies. Take advantage of this interest, and provide them with the useful, CORRECT information in this book.
I LIKE THIS BOOK BECAUSE it not only talks of mummies but of the process of mummification of various things, give experiments, and opens up insight into archaeological methods and goals. written for the younger crowd, the older crowd can learn a few things. The author has put a lot of information into the book, on a level that all can comprehend and appreciate.
I once thought that Mummies were few and far between, but read later that there were so many mummies found in/on the Nile Plain, that those that weren't in Museums, were ground up into a medical powder that people swallowed (mostly Brits and French (probably the reason they are now so into Scotch and Cognac)) that made people far sicker than they were before the `cure'; and a goodly amount, say 30,000, were used to fire the boilers of the Egyptian Railroad (the mummy embalming and subsequent body dehydration rendered a fuel that had a high Btu coefficient).
Topics include The Mummy Mythology Test; Where Mummies have Been Found; The Iceman; Flexed Mummies; Extended Mummies; Pet Mummies; Animal unfinished meals; Curses; The art of Artificial Mummy Making; Sand Mummy; Molded Mummies; Burial Tombs; Andean Finds; Scythian (Russian) Mummies; Mummies by Accident (or rather, "Be careful when walking through a Peat Bog); Frozen types; Tattooing; Tollund man; Forensic Examinations; Lindow Man; Mummies who get around; Mummy Dummies; Graverobbers; Doctors and their `cures'; Treasure Hunters and Antique Collectors; Mummy Magicians; Carnys and Sideshow Operators; Where to go to see a mummy.
Although this book is between a 5th-7th grade level, it is PACKED with information on where mummies are found, how they are formed, how scientists learn from them, and what happens to mummies when scientists have finished with them. Even I learned a lot from this book. I think anyone who is interested in mummies, anthropology, or Egyptology but still doesn't know much about it, should pick up this book as a good basic starting point. There is also a good sized bibliography as well as a chapter on which museums usually display the mummies covered in this book are located.