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In 1996, archaeologists made an incredible discovery--a huge, ancient burial place in the Western Desert of Egypt. As the team worked at the site, they discovered mummies encased in gold, jewels, coins, and jars that once held wine. What have archaeologists learned about life in ancient Egypt by studying the mummies? What secrets have the artifacts buried in the tombs revealed? And could it be possible that more than 10,000 ancient Egyptian mummies are buried in the valley?

 
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
BISACS JNF025020
Genre Nonfiction, Great for Hi-Lo Readers, Narrative Nonfiction
Copyright 2017
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Egypt's Ancient Secrets
Language English
Number of Pages 32
ISBN 9781684020249, 9781684020768, 9781684021567
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 932
Dimensions 8 x 10
ATOS Reading Level 5.8
Lexile Reading Level 950
Author Ruth Owen
 

Booklist Review for Valley of the Golden Mummies: A Giant Cemetery

This volume in the Egypt’s Ancient Secrets series follows renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawaas on an exciting 1996 dig near the Bahariya Oasis in Egypt’s Western Desert. After hearing about a donkey that stumbled in a hole containing a golden burial mask, Hawaas rushed to the scene and discovered an ancient cemetery that could contain as many as 10,000 mummies! Readers will get a basic overview of the excavation process, as well as an understanding of how a person’s class affected their burial—for instance, only the wealthy could afford gold masks. The text also follows one mummy to the lab for examination and investigates a potential mummy’s curse. Liberally illustrated with labeled photos of artifacts and the dig, this look at one of Egypt’s less-discussed discoveries will pique the interest of any Egyptophile.

School Library Journal Review for Egypt's Ancient Secrets

The “secrets” of ancient Egypt are revealed through visits to archaeological excavations and analysis of what they reveal about Egyptian civilization. Spreads have several paragraphs of text, with sufficient background and detail. . . .Illustrations are an eye-catching mix of well-captioned drawings of processes like mummification and pyramid construction alongside contemporary photos of artifacts and locations. The market has a surfeit of sets on ancient Egypt, but this one offers valuable perspective on how ongoing archaeology and scholarship continue to expand current knowledge. VERDICT: Ghost Ship, Tomb Robbers, and Golden Mummies will be new for most readers and are primary purchases. Great Pyramid, King Tut, and Sphinx are good additional purchases.

Author/Illustrator biography
Glossary of key words
Index
Sources for further research
Table of contents
Timeline of key events
Full-color illustrations, Full-color photographs, Historical photographs