Cover image for Mummies, bones & body parts
Mummies, bones & body parts
Wilcox, Charlotte.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
64 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 x 25 cm
Describes the wide variety of human remains, the use and abuse of them, what they reveal about life in the past, and contemporary attitudes toward the dead.
The long rest -- Looking after the dead -- How old are they? -- What killed them? -- Who were they?
Reading Level:
900 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.4 1.0 41947.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.6 5 Quiz: 22864 Guided reading level: U.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
GN293 .W56 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

On Order



What do you see when you look at a mummy or a skeleton? Sacred remains, medical research, or perhaps a piece of history? Over the centuries, preserved human remains have been unearthed--by accident and on purpose--around the world. In this fascinating look at the dead, discover the wide variety of human remains and the people that use and abuse them. from the work of scientists who study mummified tissue to track deadly diseases to the display of mummies in carnival sideshows, this book unearths the intriguing, and often disturbing, history of mummies, bones, and body parts.

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-9-This carefully researched, compassionate photo-essay addresses the discovery of human remains and the efforts made by scientists to date, identify, and discover their places in history. From desiccated mummies staring with empty eyes into eternity to dry bones and isolated body parts, forensic scientists, physical anthropologists, and paleontologists strain to decipher ancient messages whispering through time. Wilcox discusses the discoveries of a variety of remains (mostly ancient), the methods of their preservation, and the scientific techniques used in investigating them. The readable text also covers the attitudes of societies toward death and the reverence (or lack of it) by modern disinterrers toward their finds. The complementary photos, mostly in color, have a high "ick!" factor that may disturb some readers. The gruesome quality of the subject will superficially attract aficionados of horror films and novels, but those with deeper interest will focus on the scientific inquiry that is the basis of the book. Team this with James M. Deem's excellent Bodies from the Bog (Houghton, 1998), Donna M. Jackson's superb The Bone Detectives (Little, Brown, 1996), and Johan Reinhard's dramatic Discovering the Inca Ice Maiden (National Geographic, 1998) for a fascinating window into time.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

The long rest
Looking after the dead
How old are they?
What killed them?
Who were they?
What to do with mummies and bones