Kenneth C. Davis and S.D. Schindler (Illustrator) HarperCollins, 2005
ISBN: 0060287810 Ages 9-12
Breezy and informative, with color illustrations that often employ humor to convey the more seriously stated content of the text, this book ranges from the deep religious beliefs that often accompanied mummies' creation to the more practical fact that a decaying body smells. After a brief explanation of what mummies are, Davis zeroes in on the world's most famous mummies, those of Egypt. In addition to providing a significant amount of material on their preparation and burial, the author also discusses hieroglyphs, sarcophagi, funeral processions, pyramids, animal mummies, and even the alleged curse on King Tutankhamen's tomb. He includes natural mummification by arctic ice and desert dryness, the Incan and pre-Incan mummies of South America, those of China and the bogs of northwestern Europe, and the “ice man” discovered in the 1990s. He concludes with a look at what scientists can learn about daily life in the past from examining preserved bodies, a brief discussion of the modern practice of cryogenic suspension, and an annotated list of American museums with mummy collections. It is more suitable for browsing and pleasure reading than for research. [Coop Renner, Hillside Elementary, El Paso, TX.]
Tut's Mummy: Lost … And Found (Step-Into-Reading, Step 4)
Judy Donnelly Random House Books for Young Readers, 1988
ISBN: 0394891899 Ages 4-8
Donnelly gives simple details about how King Tutankhamen was buried and on the ancient Egyptians beliefs about death. The story then skips ahead to the 1800s, when Howard Carter's frustrating five-year search for Egyptian treasure finally resulted in his discovery of the young pharoah's tomb. Although there's little new information here, these true tales of mummies and ancient treasure in an easy-reader format should prove popular. [Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library, 1988.]
Secrets Of The Sphinx
James Cross Giblin and Bagram Ibatoulline Scholastic Press, 2004
Ages 9-12 ISBN: 0590098470
For thousands of years the Sphinx at Giza has gazed east toward the Nile River. Today, within hundreds of yards from its base, buses unload tourists at the edge of Cairo's urban sprawl. Giblin recounts the history of this monolithic symbol of power and the problems of erosion, air pollution, and tourism that face it today. He provides background on the location, hieroglyphic writing, Egyptian religion, and the flourishing of Fourth Dynasty (considered responsible for the creation of the Sphinx). He weaves ancient legends about the monument with commentary from a first-century visitor (Pliny) and modern-day controversies. Giblin also covers the recent discovery of a workers' settlement at the Giza Plateau and what this tells us about the builders of the monuments. However, his recounting of the story of the destruction of Atlantis and its relationship to the Edgar Cayce Foundation's continued efforts to find a “records chamber” under the statue is a lengthy and confusing digression. Sand-toned paintings reveal the Sphinx in its ancient and modern grandeur and provide readers with an idea of the work performed by laborers at Giza. A simple, attractive map highlights important sites. While many books on ancient Egypt mention the Sphinx, this is the only title devoted exclusively to the topic for this audience. Pairing Secrets with Zahi Hawass's Curse of the Pharaohs (National Geographic, 2004) will provide readers with additional context and bring them up-to-date on archaeological work in the region. [Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal.]
Intriguing tales and photographs of mummified remains are sure hooks for young readers. The book begins with background information on the ancient Egyptian process of preserving bodies followed by stories of mummification. The discovery of an Inca girl (most likely a human sacrifice), a Sicilian catacomb filled with 6,000 bodies, the amazing discovery of King Tut's tomb by Carter and Carnarvon in 1922, and the mysterious disappearance of the body of Argentina's Evita Peron are related. Plenty of color photos, with some especially creepy ones of the mummified villagers of Palermo (many of them still wearing their original clothes), are included. This volume is similar to Brenda Guiberson's Mummy Mysteries (Holt, 1998), but with a lower reading level and riveting illustrations. A good choice for reluctant readers. [Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library, 1999.]
Submerged: Adventures of America's Most Elite Underwater Archeology Team
Daniel Lenihan William Morrow Paperbacks, 2003
Ages 12 and up ISBN: 1557045895
Recounting his 25 years as founder and director of the Submerged Cultural Resources Unit, the underwater archeological team of the National Park Service, Lenihan offers an entertaining mix of maritime history, memoir and adventure tale. Started in 1975 to keep fortune hunters from looting national water parks for sunken treasure and damaging vital historical material, Lenihan's unit has explored the wondrous (and deadly) sinkholes in Florida and Mexico; studied shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, Micronesia and places in between; and investigated the remains of the USS Arizona and the ships sunk by nuclear bombs near Bikini atoll. While the author is an authority on sea archeology and naval history, he and his divers are also underwater cowboys and cowgirls, thrilling in the dangers of their extreme sport. A sharp, engaging writer, Lenihan describes the terrifying aspects of his work the bone-chilling cold, impenetrable clouds of silt and the notorious bends with a good dose of black humor. (A surreal trip through an old impoundment house submerged in the reservoir of Amistad Dam in Texas is especially haunting). Fast paced and full of amiable characters, the book will appeal to divers, maritime enthusiasts and anyone fond of nautical hijinks and swaggering seafarers. [Cahners Business Information, 2002.]
Jane McIntosh DK CHILDREN; 1st edition, 2000
Ages 9-12 ISBN: 0789458640
This series entry touches on aspects of archaeology in many locations around the world. Each double-page spread examines one or two concepts: preservation and decay, excavation, clues to the past, human remains, fakes and forgeries, etc. Paragraph headings are occasionally annoyingly cute, e.g., “Big Brother is Watching,” “Caught in the Act,” and “Getting Plastered.” Full-color photographs are scattered across the spreads with brief, museumlike labels that offer tidbits of random information. A few photographs almost fill the page, but most are very small. Readers are not likely to use this book for research, but will want to make repeated short visits. [Jeanette Larson, Texas State Library, Austin, 1995.]
Mummy (DK Eyewitness Books)
James Putnam DK Children, 2009
ISBN: 0756645417 Ages 8-12
Photographed in full color. Unwrap hair-raising facts about natural and man-made mummies! Here is a look at how bodies were prepared, why ancient cultures made mummies, and how bog and ice mummies were preserved by freak climatic conditions. “A great collection of mummy information and specimens.” [School Library Journal.]
Archaeology: Theories, Methods, and Practice
Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn Thames & Hudson; 5th edition, 2008
ISBN: 0500287139 Ages 16 and up
This best-selling textbook on what archaeologists do and how they do it has now been completely revised. Structured according to the key questions that archaeologists ask themselves, it provides coverage of all the major developments in methods, science, technology, and theory. For the fifth edition, the voices of indigenous archaeologists have been included, and there is updated coverage of archaeological ethics and Cultural Resource Management. Recent findings are discussed, and there is expanded coverage of topics such as bioarchaeology and geoarchaeology.
In Search of Lost Civilizations: Adventures in Archeology (The Bonehunter Series)
Thomas Tansey Rainbow Books, 2000
ISBN: 1568250479 Ages 12 and up
Are you planning to pursue adventure travel? Do you wonder what it would be like to participate in explorations of ancient ruins? To learn from leading experts about the secrets of forgotten cultures? To touch the millennia-old creations of the first civilized people? Then you'll enjoy the journeys of veteran adventure traveler Thom Tansey in The Bonehunter Series. Join amateur archeologist Thom Tansey as he explores:
In Search of Lost Civilizations: Adventures In Archeology documents his travel adventure experiences as he seeks to uncover the secrets of people who once flourished in the Western Hemisphere.
TEOTIHUACN, the City of the Gods, the first true metropolis of the Americas, near modern-day Mexico City.
The magnificent ruins left behind by the MAYA of Tikal in Guatemala, once the epicenter of vast trade route that stretched all through what is now Central America, from the Pacific Ocean, to the Gulf of Mexico, to the Caribbean Sea.
The cliff dwellings of the ANASAZI, a pueblo culture that was once centered in the Four Corners area of the Southwest U.S. and that later migrated to the Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico.
The HOHOKAM, whose impressive network of hand-dug irrigation canals and ditches, the most extensive north of Peru, allowed them to thrive in the forbidding Sonoran Desert of modern-day Mexico and Arizona.
The MOUND BUILDERS of the Lower Mississippi Valley, whose sophisticated civilizations eventually fell to the diseases and maraudings of European invaders.
To help you plan your adventure travels, Thom has provided a list of resources and contact information, many of which he used to plan his adventures. Plus, he's provided an exhaustive bibliography of publications for further reading on the topics covered in this book.