James M. Deem
is the creator of the Mummy Tombs.
I am not a scientist, an archaeologist, or a forensic
anthropologist. I am now a retired college professor (with a Ph.D. in education) who
researches and writes books for children.
I have visited many
mummy museums around the world, read hundreds of mummy books and articles, and written
four of my own books about mummies (How to Make a Mummy Talk, Bodies from the Bog, Bodies from the Ash,
from the Ice)--so I know them pretty well (although I've
never shaken hands with one). Sometimes I'm interviewed for magazines, such as Dig,
and sometimes I write articles for magazines like Muse. I
also visit schools and libraries to talk to students on a variety of topics.
I created the Mummy Tombs
for the following reasons:
First, finding the truth
about mummies is harder than you might suppose. As
I researched my first book on mummies, How
to Make a Mummy Talk, I quickly discovered that there was no "Mummy
Central"--that is, a library or research organization that collected and
maintained information about world mummies. I learned that researchers tend to
specialize in a certain mummy type and often have little interest in other
When I finished my second mummy book, Bodies
from the Bog, I was too interested in the subject to forget it. So
I decided to put my knowledge to good use and keep learning with you, by
building The Mummy Tombs to answer
questions about mummies--not just from Egypt, but from around the world.
I have gone on to
write two more mummy-related books: Bodies
from the Ash (an award-winning look at the plaster
casts of Pompeii) and Bodies
from the Ice (an examination of the many glacier
mummies including Ötzi that have
been revealed as the Earth's glaciers recede).
discover new information, I post it here as soon as I can.
Why bother to do all this for
mummies, you may be wondering?
1. My overall goal is to
encourage learners of all ages.
I am a retired reading
professor (and children's author) who wants to make sure that kids grow up to be
literate. That means producing adults who can read, write, and can get their
question answered. Mummies are such a fascinating subject that children can read
and write about them. Mummies are also a great way to learn about history
and science (rather painlessly, I think).
2. Mummies are a serious
subject that many people misunderstand. Many
people have mistaken ideas about mummies; it is my hope that The
Mummy Tombs will
help clarify information. Explore the stories and facts I have posted here. Then
if you have questions, send me an email.
I grew up watching old mummy
movies on Chiller Theater--and was engaged by their scary plots. I never gave a
thought to the history and science behind mummies, though. Only later, when I
saw my first bog body in the
British Museum (his name is Lindow
Man) did I decide to write a book. I have interests in all sorts of
things (I have written many books), but the most
fascinating subject I have ever researched is mummies. I hope you enjoy reading the
information I have put together for you. The information here is free, and I pay
all costs of this website myself.
Most of the books mentioned on my
site can be found in libraries. I do, however, provide links to an on-line
store, Amazon.com, in case you are
interested in adding them to your own library. Any profits from the commission
that Amazon pays me (and they are very small) subsidize the monthly cost of
maintaining this website.
I try to do some mummy-related
traveling each year. You will find photos from some of the best mummy
museums in the world in the Museum section
of this website. If you visit
the museum pages, you
will meet some bog bodies and Egyptian mummies, world mummies, and their related
If you have any mummy news to
share, I'd like to hear from you.