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Title:
Egyptian mummies : people from the past
Author:
Pemberton, Delia.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, 2001.

©2000
Physical Description:
48 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
General Note:
First published: London : British Museum, 2000.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.6 1.0 51215.
ISBN:
9780152026004
Format :
Book

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Summary

Who were the ancient Egyptians? Why did they mummify their dead? Why did they bury people with their possessions? And why do mummies still fascinate us today?
The remains of seven mummies from the world-famous British Museum can answer these questions and many more. From Ginger, a simple prehistoric farmer, to Katebet, a wealthy woman buried with her jewelry, to Hornedjitef, a grand priest of Amun, the lives and culture of ancient Egyptians are uncovered in thrilling detail. Nearly a hundred color photographs detail what these people looked like, how they worked, the foods they ate, and why they prepared so elaborately for the afterlife--revealing that the life of ordinary Egyptians was different, and yet not so different, from our lives today.


Author Notes

DELIA PEMBERTON is a regular lecturer at the British Museum and a specialist in museum education. An acclaimed Egyptologist, she has written several books on the subject, including the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt coauthored with Geraldine Harris. Ms. Pemberton lives in the United Kingdom.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-6. In this intriguing book, the reader meets seven ancient Egyptians whose mummies are now in the British Museum and learns how the mummies provided information about life in ancient times. From Ginger, the oldest mummy, to Katebet, a wealthy woman, to Hornedjitef, a priest, the humanness and uniqueness of the individuals are documented. In each case, Pemberton moves from the particular story to general information about Egyptian society. She also talks about archaeology and museums and about today's popular culture, including horror films and comic books. One fascinating double-page spread shows how the study of mummies has helped modern doctors develop CATALOG scanning and treat illnesses. The text is informal, and the design is very readable, with many color photographs, sidebars, and clear precise captions. Glossary and bibliography. --Shelley Townsend-Hudson


Publisher's Weekly Review

Egyptologist Delia Pemberton unravels the mystery of mummification in Egyptian Mummies: People from the Past. Focusing on seven mummies that currently reside in the British Museum, this volume provides a wealth of information about such subjects as tomb preparation, funeral equipment and 18th- and 19th-century mummy mania. Full-color photographs of tombs and period artifacts plus sidebars punctuate the text. Pemberton wraps it all up with a glossary, index and suggestions for further reading. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Seven mummies from the British Museum are used as an organizing device to look at the historical and medical significance of mummification. The specimens are presented in chronological order, from Ginger, found preserved by simple dehydration and dated at around 3400 B.C. to a Roman schoolboy, circa A.D. 120. Following a general overview, there are discussions of grave goods, tombs, coffins and sarcophagi, medical uses of mummies (past and present), archaeology and excavation, hieroglyphics, etc. The text is brisk and readable, and is enhanced by an abundance of well-placed color photographs. The columnar type makes good use of white space; along with the appropriately placed sidebars, it gives the book an open and appealing look. This informative volume is similar in scope and quality to James Putnam's Mummy (Knopf, 1993), though it has a narrower cultural and historical focus.-Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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