Mummy Detectives

Contributor: Kathi Thomas. Lesson ID: 10613

Mummies aren't always wrapped in linen and preserved in elaborate tombs. Meet the scientists who unravel the secrets of the past, while you investigate a mummy!


Life Science, World

learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • When you think of mummies, do you envision the pyramids of Egypt and a sarcophagus of gold and precious stones holding one of the ancient pharaohs?

Not all mummies are wrapped in linen and laid to rest surrounded by riches and finery.

  • Are you ready to explore the work of a mummy detective and uncover the mysteries of the past?

You are about to enter the mysterious world of mummies, but take heed!

In the video below, you will see photographic images of mummified remains. Humans preserved some of the mummies shown, while nature preserved others. The mummies tell stories from the past, leaving historians and scientists with questions unanswered.

As you watch, pause as needed to write down one fact about each of the mummies shown and one question which is not answered in the information presented.

Here is an example of the first mummy shown in the video: Rosalia Lombardo.

  • Fact: Rosalia Lombardo died of pneumonia in 1920. 
  • Question: What caused this child’s face and hair to be so perfectly preserved?

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After collecting all ten facts and questions, move on to the Got It? section.

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