Mummies aren't just artfully preserved Egyptian royalty. Explorers and archaeologists have discovered mummies all over the world, from the Andes Mountains to the deserts of China. Mummies may be children or adults, wealthy or poor, revered or reviled members of society, and inadvertently or intentionally preserved. Looking at child mummies from different countries and cultures, Halls asks how these mummies came to exist and why people find them so fascinating. Full-color diagrams and photographs. Interviews with specialists.
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Graphic photographs of child mummies from around the world accompany this informative text that describes mummification processes (accidental and intentional) and the historical value of these archaeological discoveries. Many of the photos are gruesome, as are the tales of child sacrifice and murder. Short chapters, clear writing, interviews, and quotes from scientists add depth. Bib., glos., ind.