A forensic anthropologist recalls his fascinating career, from investigating ten-thousand-year-old skeletons to sifting through the ashes left by the Waco disaster, and describes his battle against the Justice Department and Native American tribes to study an ancient caucasiod skeleton that could transform views of early Americans, migration patterns, and anthropology.
The author of A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities combs the annals of science and folklore for fascinating tales of people being buried alive to uncover evidence that the practice was widespread in the 1800s.
In the mid-19th century, Leonie Monroe Russell works alongside her husband, Junius, an oysterman in Shoalwater Bay in the Pacific Northwest. At night she continues her father's lifelong obsession: collecting artifacts and studying the native culture thatonce thrived in the Washington Territory. On her 37th birthday, Leonie discovers a mummy protruding from the riverbank bordering her property--a mummy that by all evidence shouldn't exist. As Leonie searches for answers to the mummy's origins, she beginsto feel a mystical connection to it that defies all logic. Leonie's sense that otherworldly forces are at work only grows when news of the incredible discovery brings Junius's long lost son, Daniel, to her doorstep. Upon his unexpected arrival, a native elder insists that Leonie wear a special shell bracelet for protection. But protection from whom? The mummy? Or perhaps Daniel? Leonie has always been a good daughter and good wife, but for the first time, these roles do not seem to be enough. Finding themummy has changed everything, and now Leonie must decide if she has the courage to put aside the expectations of others to be the woman she was meant to be. From award-winning author Megan Chance, Bone River is a haunting, lyrical tale of passion and identity
A renowned naturalist and adventurer explores the controversial nature of archeological excavation, aiming to discern weather it is heroic, or whether relics are best left among the ruins, in a book that ranges from lonesome desert canyons to fancy Fifth Avenue art galleries. By the author of The Animal Dialogues
This lively chronicle of a modern scientific journey reveals what ensued when a team of Austrian scientists were charged with uncovering the mystery behind a well-preserved 5,000 year-old body uncovered frozen in a glacier.
An award-winning writer for The Colbert Report documents the sad, misunderstood world of monsters, including vampires, werewolves and mummies and even chupacabras and Godzilla, who are often deeply misunderstood, frequently have body image issues and face discrimination.
On the death of her father, 32-year old Victorian heiress Amelia Peabody travels Egypt to indulge her interest in Egyptology. She travels with Evelyn Barton-Forbes and her trusty parasol which comes in handy on more than one occasion. In Cairo the pair meet archaeologists Radcliffe and Walter Emerson and sparks fly between Radcliffe and Amelia. The groups meet again at Emerson's excavation where Amelia saves Radcliffe's life and takes charge of his precious archaeological site. The four then band together to discover why the locals will no longer report to work and to try to find a missing mummy who walks the night. An historical mystery with amusing repartee between a strong-willed Amelia and an equally pigheaded Radcliffe in an exotic setting and time.
An intriguing study of the mysteries of mummies explores the world of the scientists who devote their own lives to the study of them and examines how mummies have been used, venerated, worshiped, collected, and studied over the course of nearly seven thousand years of history.
An enthralling foray into the preservation of the dead throughout history, from the ritually sacrificed bodies preserved in the peat bogs of Northern Europe during the Dark Ages to the people of China's Taklamakan desert who left behind remarkably lifelike mummies, details the ancient burial techniques of cultures from around the world.
Takes readers on a two-decade, high-altitude adventure through the Andes mountains where the author discovered the perfectly preserved bodies of five-thousand-year-old Incans--some of the greatest scientific discoveries of the last decade.
A look inside the world of forensics examines the use of human cadavers in a wide range of endeavors, including research into new surgical procedures, space exploration, and a Tennessee human decay research facility.
A diverse selection of remarkable talent, from Anne Rice and Elizabeth Peters to Bram Stoker and Agatha Christie, appears in a collection of stories about the Mummy--its curse, reanimation, revenge, and the other cast of characters associated with ancient Egypt and its pyramids.
A collection of 24 illustrated stories of murder, revenge, deranged fantasies and dark superstitions by the 19th-century American writer best known for his tales of horror includes discussion questions, stunning black-and-white illustrations throughout and an afterword by an internationally renowned educator.