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How to Make a Mummy Talk

by James M. Deem

 

How to Make a Mummy Talk by James Deem is a fact-filled book takes the reader on a mummy-discovery tour that spans centuries and continents. You'll learn exactly what mummies are, how they are created, where they have been found, how scientists investigate them, and what they tell us about people who lived long ago. Selected as an Honor Book in Science by the Society of School Librarians International.

 

The mummies covered in the book

    Chapter 1: Mummy Mythology

  • The geography of mummies
  • The oldest mummies
  • Vladimir Lenin, King Charles I, the Iceman, Egyptian mummies

 

  Chapter 2: More Mummy Mythology

  • Egyptian cat mummies
  • Other animal mummies
  • Blue Babe, the 36,000-year-old bison mummy
  • Buddhist mummies from Japan
  • King Tut's mummy (and curse)
  • Murdered mummies of the Soviet Union
  • A Boise, Idaho, mummy
  • Places that make mummies today
 

Chapter 3: The Art of Artificial Mummymaking

  • Egyptian mummies
  • Andes mummies, including the Chinchorro and Inca mummies
  • Scythian mummies
  • South Sea mummies (Australia and Melanesia)

 

Chapter 4: Mummies by Accident

  • Cave-dried mummies from the U.S. Southwest and Aleutian Islands
  • Frozen mummies from Greenland
  • Bog mummies from northern Europe (Tollund Man)
 

Chapter 5: How to Make a Mummy Talk

  • Scientific methods for studying mummies

 

Chapter 6: A Mummy's Tongue
  • Natsef-Amun, an Egyptian priest who was mummified. When he was unwrapped, scientists were surprised by his tongue.
 

Chapter 7: A Mummy's Tummy

  • Lindow Man, a bog mummy from England. When his remains were analyzed, scientists were able to piece together his last meal.
 

Chapter 8: Three Mummies' Tales

  • Three mummies of the Franklin Expedition, found buried in northeastern Canada. Their bodies tell the tale of a trip gone wrong.
 

Chapter 9: Stopping Mummy Dummies

  • Egyptian grave robbers
    • Mummy paper
    • Honey mummies
  • Medieval mummy doctors
  • Guanche mummies (from the Canary Islands)
  • Treasure hunters in Egypt
  • Pot-hunters in the United States
  • Fake mummies from Mammoth Cave, Kentucky
  • Fake Bigfoot mummy from Minnesota
  • Elmer McCurdy, a Wild West mummy from Oklahoma
 

Chapter 10: Paying your Respects

  • Mummies of the Egyptian Museum (Cairo)
  • Mummies of the Field Museum (Chicago)
  • Mummies of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)
  • Mummies of the Denver Museum of Natural History
  • Mummies of the Museo de las momias in Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Mummies from the bogs (the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark)
 

Chapter 11: Becoming a Mummy Master

  • The Lemon Grove, California, mummies stolen from Mexico

 

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