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James M. Deem
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Behind the Mummy Tombs

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, and Bodies 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 mummies.

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).  

When I 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 artifacts. 

If you have any mummy news to share, I'd like to hear from you.

 

 

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