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This is an exploration of the ever-fascinating processes of mummification, from the South American desert mummies and the famous and elaborate Egyptian pharoahs to the doctors of the 19th century experimenting with embalming techniques, and famous modern mummies, such as Lenin. A large section of the book covers bodies that have been mummified accidently, such as those remarkably preserved within the cold dry air of the Sicilian tombs, and bodies preserved through natural chemicals in bogs or frozen in mountain glaciers. Information panels throughout the book lead the reader to further discovery and each chapter offers website links, book lists, places to visit and career more

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  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 64 pages
  • 237 x 280mm | 564g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • Kingfisher Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • colour illustrations
  • 0753408473
  • 9780753408476

Table of contents

Two ways to make a mummy - what are mummies?, the black mummies of Chinhorro, Otzi, the man in ice; Egypt, the land of mummies - why the Egyptians made mummies, how the Egyptians made a mummy, drying and wrapping, coffins and canopics, royal mummies, nobles and commoners, animal mummies of Egypt; mummy world - bog bodies, mummies of Italy and Sicily, North America and Greenland, South American mummies, mummies of Asia, mummies of the South Pacific, dinosaurs and mammoths, cats and rats; mummies today - modern mummies, mummy mania, learning from mummies, the mummy, preservation of more

About John Malam

John Malam is a best-selling children's author who has written over one hundred children's books, including Myths and Legends of the Desert in The Mummy series for Kingfisher/Universal. A passionate historian, John has a degree in ancient history and archaeology. He worked as an archaeologist for a short time before becoming an editor specializing in children's books. He now writes full-time and lives in Cheshire, near the site of a famous bog-mummy - Lindow Man. Dr Joann Fletcher is an Egyptologist specializing in mummification who works with human and animal mummies all the time. As well as travelling worldwide to study mummies, she has worked on television programmes for the BBC and Channel 4, as well as lecturing and writing. Joann is also the accepted world expert on ancient Egyptian hair and wigs - her first claim to fame was to find the oldest nit in the world!show more

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